A ghostly subway sign for St. Vincent’s Hospital

It’s still a shock to see the dark, empty buildings clustered around West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue, home to St. Vincent’s until 2010.

This old sign, near a 13th Street exit at the Seventh Avenue and 14th Street station, is pulling a much slower fade.

It goes all the way to when St. Vincent’s was merely a hospital, not a medical center . . . .

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6 Responses to “A ghostly subway sign for St. Vincent’s Hospital”

  1. Josie Says:

    It saddens me. My youngest brother was born in St. Vincent’s, I’ve been treated there, people I know have worked there, and my son was born there. In its time it was a central and vital institution of the community.

    Regarding the sign, I’ve been trying to mentally reconstruct the word at the left, ending in “ard,” by the down arrow, but it’s just not coming to me. Did you see or do you know what that sign said?

    • wildnewyork Says:

      Metrocard! A helpful little tip as to where to swipe.
      I was born at St. Vincent’s too, as were three of my siblings. The shell of what was once a bustling hospital is a sad sight.

      • Josie Says:

        Metrocard! I love the juxtaposition of the new and the old, Metrocard and St. Vincent’s Hospital! Thanks!

        (To me, Metrocard is still “new” because I left NYC 21 years ago, before it was in use.)

        That you and your sibs were born there, too, besides my baby brother and my only son . . . this is a poignant connection.

        St. Vincent’s was a “charitable” institution at its very best.

  2. Javaman Says:

    bloomberg is a blight.

    The loss of St. Vincents was devistating for that community.

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