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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 March 6, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 40 Bill blocks U.N.H.S. and Bergtraum school co-locations BY SAM SPOKONY T PHOTO COURTESY NORTH SHORE-LIJ Work is ongoing to ready the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex E.R. — in the nautically themed former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building — for opening by this summer. he previously planned charter school co-location at Murry Bergtraum High School will no longer go forward, the city’s Department of Education announced last week. Last year, D.O.E. under former Mayor Bloomberg had proposed to place a BY LESLEY SUSSMAN T he North Shore-LIJ Health System announced on Thurs., March 6, that its new comprehensive-care center now under construction in Greenwich Village will be called the Lenox Hill HealthPlex. Located at Seventh Ave. between W. 12th and 13th Sts., the facility, according to a press release, “represents a new model of communitybased care that integrates health and wellness services with seamless ac- cess to 24-hour emergency care and a full range of medical specialists.” The first phase of the more than $150 million project is set to open in late June, with the debut of Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency center, which will provide patients with around-the-clock access to board-certified emergency physicians, specialty trained nurses, specialist consultations and other healthcare professionals. Future plans for Lenox Hill HealthPlex include imaging services, an ambulatory surgery suite, home care and other programs designed to meet the current and future needs of the community. Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of North Shore-LIJ Health System, said, “In the shadows of buildings that housed St. Vincent’s Hospital for 160 years, Lenox Hill HealthPlex represents the dawning of a new era of healthcare for West Side residents, who have had to travel out of their CO-LOCATE, continued on p. 5 C.B. 3 delays vote on landmarking of old dispensary HealthPlex E.R. opening June at St. Vincent’s site T BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Success Academy charter school, serving grades K to 4, in part of the Murry Bergtraum building, a District 2 school at 411 Pearl St. But that move was heavily criticized and protested by many Downtown parents, education advocates and elected officials. he fate of a historic dispensary located at 75 Essex St. remains uncertain as Community Board 3 decided to postpone a vote last week on whether to support its landmark designation. The former Good Samaritan/Eastern District Dispensary was constructed in 1890 with charitable donations and operated for 60 years with city funding. C.B. 3’s full board voted overwhelmingly for the delay at its Feb. 25 meeting despite an earlier vote by C.B. 3’s Landmark’s Subcommittee and the board’s Executive Committee in favor of such a DISPENSARY, continued on p. 6 E.R., continued on p. 2 Push to landmark L.G.B.T. 4 Taking a hard look at Vision 7 Progress Report....pages 13 to 24


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