The nurse watching over West 12th Street

stvincentsnursedoorwayThe scaffolding is gone and the construction vehicles have departed.

Now, the gleaming new condos (collectively called Greenwich Lane and fetching multimillion dollar prices) carved out of the former St. Vincent’s Medical Center on West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue are ready for occupancy.

Yet amid the landscaped courtyard, new bronze accents, and the cool marble lobby, a few lingering bits of the old Catholic hospital remain.

Take this nurse, carved into the facade above a doorway. Paying homage to the thousands of nurses who tended to St. Vincent’s patients from its opening in 1849 to its demise in 2010, she continues to look out solemnly for passersby on the West 12th Street side.


With St. Vincent’s gone, this faded subway sign in the 14th Street IRT station is even more of a relic.

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5 Responses to “The nurse watching over West 12th Street”

  1. wendy Says:

    NY needed a hospital more than another perch for the super rich.

  2. Jamie Says:

    St Vincent’s saved several friend’s lives over the years…Greenwich village NEEDS a Hospital.. We already have enough Condos!

  3. Tigan, rom. tot OM Says:

    Reblogged this on Tigan, rom. tot OM and commented:
    Cel mai frumos spital din New York devine un come de apatamente de lux …

  4. Marilyn Michaels Says:

    I worked at SVH for several years in the 60s and loved every minute of it. I was Asst. Dir. of PR and in that capacity knew every department and so many physicians, nurses, students, interns, office, maintenance, housekeeping, dietary. Beautiful, beautiful people. What an enormous loss. And imagining the people who now live in its sacred halls disturbs me. This hospital was meant to care for the needy as well as the rich. Everyone called it their hospital.

  5. Barbara Woods Says:

    Is this Katharine Sanborn, first Director of the school of nursing?

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