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Online Signatory Comments on the petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Honorable Amanda M.

Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission
Migdalia Colon I want a new Hospital. We needed in the site of were St. Vincent's was NO NO luxury condominiums. The City Planning is not even thinking of housing for us, that we can pay rent we don't need any more luxury apts or condos. The Hospital is needed more. --Migdalia colon ********************************************************************** Harriet Hendlin This is an outrage. A dear friend, age 84, put it this way: "How much more money do the Rudins really need?" I have been brought to, and cared for by, Saint Vincent's ER on 3 separate occasions - most thankfully - and was also a patient of one of its staff's specialists who has since found employment out of state. I recently attended my first community board meeting - an eyeopener - and was flabbergasted as I listened to board members' concerns re: the architectural & aesthetic considerations of the Rudin project: Too surreal. My continued gratitude to those who do the truly heavy lifting. The rest of us must keep the momentum going as well. H.Z.Hendlin ********************************************************************** Edward Frey This so called stand alone emergency room" of the Rudin Group and North Shore LIJ is, not only illegal, but will harm this community and all its residents. If you have no other choice, which I do not believe is true, then do nothing until you can put a full service hospital and real emergency service in the place that was ST. Vincent's hospital. Any other choice by you will not get my vote if you run again for office in this government!!!! ********************************************************************** Larry Conroy At the age of 81, I have been a patient at St. Vincent's - emergency and surgical. Now I have to depend on getting through heavy traffic should I need emergency care again. Operated on last year, I was transported to Beth Israel where a 4 PM surgery was completed at 2:AM. Then there was no bed to take me to. Patients were on the floor and leaning against walls in pre-op and post op. This is third country treatment. If another 9/11 occurs - God help us. **********************************************************************

Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 1 of 12

Pamela Call I am a physician formerly practing at St. Vincent's for over 20 years and know the importance of a hospital at this location. I was also a patient with, now, no clear choices to seek care and no emergency room in Manhattan that is truly well functioning...if I was able to ARRIVE alive! ********************************************************************** Sheila Mahon Ruvolo The Rudins are an extremely wealthy family. I cannot understand why they want to build a condo in place of a hospital. The Rudins had been very supportive of St. Vincent's over the years. They frequently donated to causes in SVH (ie: nursing education, etc.). They don't need a condo there, but we need a hospital. Our representatives should speak directly to the family. ********************************************************************** Edward Poliandro, Ph.D. Each time I pass by this wonderful place, I maintain the hope that someone will finance the reopening of this historic hospital. The community is in desperate need of health care, especially the poor. I sign here to voice my hope. ********************************************************************** Suzanne Lanier Philips Even though we have moved, my daughter still goes to PS41. The noise and dust from demolition and construction will be disruptive to the school. Just look at what's happened at PS51. ********************************************************************** Nick Atkinson The Rudins and The North Shore LIJ are focusing too much on building lluxury condos, and not enough focus on The medical needs of the community. I was appalled when I went to the Planning Commission today. The Emergency Centre design is basic cosmetic procedures to an outdated and grossly undersized existing structure, while they plan on completely demolishing the main hospital buiilding and building a new luxury condo developemnets, which completely violates the changes that were made to have then hospital built in the first place. The whole develepement and there 'spin' on it was one of the shadiest expinations t I have witnessed in a heck of a long time. As I said to the commission today - This isn't about the community and it's need, need, needs. It is about greed, greed, GREED! How much did Rudin pay for the property? $0. I believe.Put a stop to developement until a more sensible and socially acceptable developemnet that has a POSITIVE IMPACT on the neightborhood has been designed. **********************************************************************
Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 2 of 12

Lucy Aceto I find the whole bancruptcy of St. Vincent's highly suspicious. What is a city without hospitals? When the buyers of these condos have emergencies where are they going? New York City is in a Hospital crisis. America has lost it's priorities. Doris Casella Oh, yes, just what we need in our depleted neighborhood.....more up-scale condos!!! WE NEED AND MUST HAVE A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL! and no condos! Rudin needs to find another neighborhood to ruin. ********************************************************************** Bill Boland Please, stop this unlawful application. ********************************************************************** E. A. Sabo Please deny this application. ********************************************************************** Stephen Bennett The West Village is in dire need of a Hospital. I can drive to Connecticut more quickly than it takes to get across town to the East. Please think of the community. Thank you ********************************************************************** Michael Grimes The West Village is overcrowded with high rise living. We are rapidly loosing local services due to increasing private devlopment. ********************************************************************** Diane Nichols How outrageous! To leave more than 300,000 people without a hospital while the Rudins build their luxury condos! Shame on them and shame on the City for even considering this. We need a hospital. New York City Planning Commission you must do the right thing.

Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 3 of 12

Diane Moss Why are they allowed to go forward without the appropiate paperwork? Why are they able to get away with it? ********************************************************************** Kathleen Tait The city needs to better allocate the hospital resources throughout NYC. The Upper East Side should not have the concentration of emergency resources and hospital beds, while the west village has so few. Kathlee Tait ********************************************************************** Gerrie Nussdorf Failure to restore a Full-Service Hospital + Trauma 1 Level ER to the St. Vincent's site undermines the fabric of our Community, not only the physical health of its r4sidents and visitors, but also has far-reaching socioeconomic and environmental impact. ********************************************************************** michele pettignano-coggins St. Vincent’s was a vital part of the community and how could you close it to only sell it off for LUXURTY CONDO'S .....the city' priorities are mixwed up.......we definitely won't benefit for more condo's..................WE DEMAND FOR HEALTH CARE FACILITY PROPORTIONATE TO THE NEEDS OF THE CITIZENS OF NYC....... ********************************************************************** Elizabeth Macklin Dr David Kaufman's excellent suggestion of April 30th, that the Rudin Organization move its Lenox Hill facilities south, to the St Vincent's site, so that our populous but neglected neighborhood can have a full-service emergency room within 911 call, and the hospital-rich Upper East Side can have the condominiums, sounded right to me. ********************************************************************** Amy Harlib WE MUST HAVE A HOSPITAL WITH FULL CAPACITY FOR EMERGENCIES AND EVERYTHING. NOTHING ELSE IS ACCEPTABLE!

Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 4 of 12

Kai Amos We NEED a hospital there - with an ER for ALL emergencies! ********************************************************************** Barbara Jaffe Where would all the rich people in this condo go if they had a medical emergency? And, yes, I agree with D. Nahas (who left a message here) that Bloomberg and Quinn are fully responsible and absent. ********************************************************************** Tara Polen NYC, and this neighborhood, really do NOT need another condo building. What we really DO need is the hospital. How is this not obvious to any sane human being?? ********************************************************************** JORDAN SCHAPS CONDOS - N*O. HOSPITAL - Y*E*S..... We need this hospital so badly..... ********************************************************************** Shelley Marlow St. Vincent's was the hospital I would go to when anything went wrong with my health. It was a reliable place, where you would be treated properly and with respect. There is something extremely grotesque when luxury housing replaces a vital part of the neighborhood, especially when the vital part is a hospital that served various populations from all walks of life. The closing of such a positive force in the area is heartbreaking and cruel. ********************************************************************** Paul Hutchinson St. Vincent's was there for our family and friends when we were sick. Thank God it was there the day our toddler son had a temperature of 107 during that horrible flu season. The pediatric ER was there to gently treat our kids and answer our questions. As a new parent, I called there countless times to get my silly questions answered with knowledge, experience and respect. They never chastized or demeaned me. They always encouraged me to bring my son in if I continued to be concerned. I realize St. Vincent's ship has sailed, but the need has not. We desperately need a hospital in the Village.

Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 5 of 12

********************************************************************** Joe E zak We need a hospital on this site. Thats the most important! If they want to make condos, etc etc, and ALSO make a full service 24 hour ER and admitting and surgery trauma level hospital on the property, thats fine. Im not interested about the interests of the real estate industry, nor about the nearby neighbors who are worried about loosing their views or their personal real estate value. The Hospital is the priority!!! ********************************************************************** Thomas LaRossa this neighborhood needs a hospital not more condos, duane reade and parking garages ********************************************************************** Fred Hersch St. Vincent's saved my life three times. It should be there for others. ********************************************************************** DOMINIQUE NAHAS It is absolutely extraordinary that our elected officials (Bloomberg and Quinn) are diving under their desks + seem to be looking the other way while this charade against the public interest continues. Is any elected official NOT beholden to real estate interests in the city. Are there no statesmen and stateswomen in NYC who are willing to fight for the sake of the community's overall health and for the common good? A full - scale hospital to replace what was lost is demonstrably demographically credible + responsible. Public policy should reflect that! -D. Nahas 92 Horatio Street about 19 hours ago ********************************************************************** Yvette Beigel Please reconsider this. Are there not enough condos/coops in NYC? Thanks, ********************************************************************** Jane Bosveld Please, we need a hospital! Not condos.

Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 6 of 12

John Johnson It's shameful and irresponsible not to have a hospital downtown. Let's make a much needed hospital happen for this site! If Mayor Bloomberg can figure it out how to get the Highline done he can figure how to get a critically needed hospital back into downtown. ********************************************************************** maggie berkvist May I suggest .... The only recently opened (1980's) Coleman & Link buildings should NOT be turned into condos, but could and SHOULD be quickly renovated and put back into service as the area's urgently needed full service HOSPITAL and trauma center. Thank you ********************************************************************** Eric Li We need a hospital in the neighborhood. There are many schools and many neighborhoods without a hospital. We need one now! Stop worrying about the money and more about the welfare of the people. We have rights and that is the right to healthcare. ********************************************************************** mary ann mcgonigle Correct protocol must be followed re: impact studies re: seating in schools, congestion, health, infrastructure. ********************************************************************** Judy Cuttler My son's life was saved because we got him to the St. Vincent's ER in time when he was a baby. IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH THAT THE CITY DENY THE RUDIN PLAN AND OPEN A REAL HOSPITAL AT 12th St. and 7th Avenue. ********************************************************************** Nicholas atkinson I am a resident of the west village who opposes this development. There is nothing about this that. Serves the community, and no hospital services for the existing people, so adding 450(!!)Apartments to that is going to add at least 1000 more people who are being denied there right to basic healthcare. This is so shady and you know it and I will fight you in court with the rest of the opponents of this.
Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 7 of 12

Marguerite Lewitin The closing of St. Vincent’s--essentially in the "middle of the night"--i.e. without enough time to permit those who could have raised the money to preserve it as a full service hospital, the time to do so--is one of the more shameful moments in recent political memory. If any one had any doubt about the stranglehold that the Real Estate Industry has on the political class in this City, this episode should remove it. We on the lower west side now have NO full service hospital. The first one is Roosevelt on 59th Street and 9th Avenue. Have you ever tried to cross town from the Village to Beth Israel at 3:00 pm in the afternoon? Lives will be lost! ********************************************************************** Yehudit Moch Hon. Ms. Burden, You have stopped projects which would not benefit the people of NYC. An emergency room and a hospital are needed for the people of the Lower Westside. I worked in Chelsea with seniors. They depended on St. Vincent's and need a hospital NOW. With Manhattan traffic getting crosstown in times is not a realistic option. Your efforts could make history here. ********************************************************************** Cie Sharp The village, and the City of New York need a hospital with the professionalism and charitable drive of St. Vincent's, not another condo development. Ruby LudwiG Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Our neighborhood is now without a hospital and emergency room. However, we have many, many condos already built and under construction. If the Planning Commission agrees with the Rudin plan our neighborhood will have many new condos. They will enrich the Rudins but add little to a neighborhood that already is unable to provide space for public schools. Most importantly, we will still have no hospital or emergency room. What the Rudins and North Shore say they will provide is neither. Please do not give away our last hope for local medical care that will, unlike Rudin/North Shore's plan, give us back a hospital and a real emergency room. Respectfully,
Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 8 of 12

Allegra Brosco Please give us back our hospital. Thank you. Allegra Brosco ********************************************************************** Carolyn Cross The old St Vincent's has been the only hospital in NY that I ever used. I used it while living in Chelsea at 2 addresses and from my current address in the West Village. My life was saved there once. We need a hospital on the lower west side. St Lukes-Roosevelt is just too far away for emergencies that need immediate hospitalization. ********************************************************************** Monica panzani I have lived in the West Village for 18 years and in that time my family and I have used St. Vincent's Emergency Room a dozen times. We need another hospital, not more condos! ********************************************************************** Naomi Blindeman I'm in this part of New York too regularly not to care about the sudden scary lack of a hospital on the west side of Manhattan. Please: NO CONDOS! Catherine Perebinossoff We need a hospital. Do you understand that there is NO hospital on The West Side of Manhattan from Battery Park to 59th Street? ********************************************************************** Rosemary Rowley What we need is health care, not more upscale housing to burden all realdy overburdened services.

Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 9 of 12

Susan Matula This neighborhood needs (1) a full-service hospital, or (2) a Level 1 Trauma Center. The Rudins' idea of real estate "improvements" to the Village is not wanted. Let the Rudin Organization "develop" a neighborhood that welcomes their plans. WE DO NOT. ********************************************************************** Catherine Boursier We desperately need a trauma center for the west village. I've been to the other nearby hospitals emergency rooms recently with my kids and they were totally overwhelmed. The other point is that the local schools which are considered "good" schools are already overcrowded. There is no way they can accommodate the children of another 450 apartments across the street. ********************************************************************** Roberta Gelb How many people will have to die in crosstown traffice before the powers that be understand that we need a Level 1 Trauma Center? ********************************************************************** Silvia Sanza We beg you to see the foolishness of allowing the Rudin plan to go forward. We have no hospital! This is the lower west side of Manhattan we are talking about. Think about it, please, and let logic be your guide. Martha Trowbridge I am 74 years old and grew up 4 blocks from St. Vincent's Hospital. My father, when he became very ill, died there. The Greenwich Village community relied on this hospital for everything from births to deaths and in between. People who live in this area now should not be denied the important medical and health care services that this hospital has historically provided. ********************************************************************** Karen Lamberti This building is another of what the city needs. What the city, the community needs is a health facility more specifically a hospital.

Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 10 of 12

Jeff Hest The only reason I am alive today is because of the speed at which the ambulance scooped me up from where I collapsed in front of my building on W. 16th St 5 years ago and the amazing doctors in the ER of Saint Vincent’s Hospital who saved me from what they called "the most massive Pulmonary Embolism they had ever seen on a living person". I certainly would have been DOA by the time I the ambulance could have gotten me to Beth Israel or anywhere else! Condos or a Hospital? You can't be serious!!! Please—Do not leave so many hundreds of thousands of your fellow New Yorkers unprotected... ********************************************************************** Diane Ellis The old "administrators" of St. Vincent's and now the Rudins...have ROBBED us of a hospital in lower Manhattan! How can this be allowed to happen? The "stand alone emergency care unit" they're trying to put in place of a REAL full service hospital is nothing but Band-Aid! Give us the hospital we deserve...NOT condos!!! ********************************************************************** Larry Littman Larry Littman This community does not need luxury condos. IT NEEDS A HOSPITAL! St. Vincent's was always there for us. The area was zoned for a hospital not for residential. And if someone needs life-giving medical attention quickly, an ambulance ride to another hospital crosstown in heavy traffic may be too late. That patient could die! Lots of patients could die, DOES HUMAN LIFE MEAN ANYTHING? OR IS IT ONLY REAL ESTATE? Susan Obrecht To deny the Village and Lower Manhattan a full functioning hospital is a public health hazard and a disgrace. The Rudin family should be ashamed of their greed, covert manipulations and selfishness in this matter. ********************************************************************** Jay Matlick The last thing this neighborhood needs is yet another luxury condo. I have lived in Greenwich Village for most of my life and have realized that the only thing planning commissions and politicians think is important is a surfeit of luxury condominiums. How about growing a pair and giving us a hospital to care for all those people already living in all the existing so-called luxury condos?
Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 11 of 12

Roberta Adelman I have lived in the west village for almost 50years and have seen how slowly the quality of this area as a community has been eroded by special interests. Now to replace a hospital with condos is metaphorically and in reality is helping put a nail in the coffin and killing a community. ********************************************************************** Lucinda Franceschini My husband and I have lived in Greenwich Village for most of our lives and St. Vincent's Hospital had always been there. From the time we were children our families relied on the ER for serious emergencies, e.g., my brother was knifed in the back as a teen-ager and was saved by the doctors at St. Vincent's from having a collapsed lung. Members of our family relied on the excellent care of the hospital when they needed hospitalization. We have an apartment two blocks from where the hospital was and now that we are retired relied on the presence of such a good hospital close by as we grow older. Any alternative hospital is so far away that in the event of a serious heart problem or other medical emergency we might well not survive the long trip by ambulance. It is unthinkable that such a large area of Manhattan that always relied on having an excellent hospital available to us should now be deprived of a hospital in favor of luxury apartments! Please make right the tragedy of the loss of our hospital. Please don't compound it by allowing the Rudin plan to go forward. Elise A. Tollner PS 41 sits across the street from where these people intend major demolition and construction to go on for months. How can the City jeopardize the health of these children, already jeopardized by the loss of our hospital? I would never have believed these things could happen in America. ********************************************************************** Lisa E. Davis We need a hospital down here, not more unaffordable condos for out-of-towners. A woman on the 1st floor of this building died 2 months ago in an ambulance on the way to Beth-Israel. What can the City be thinking? ********************************************************************** Romy Ashby Please help us. This is truly a matter of life and death. We need that hospital. This city will not suffer without 450 luxury condos on that site. It is already suffering without the hospital. This is a moral issue. **********************************************************************
Comments on petition: A Hospital, Not Condos for NYC to the Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission from the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, 304 Park Ave S, #206, New York, NY 10010 212-253-6911, DemandAHospital.blogspot.com Page 12 of 12