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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 27, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 43 State finally transfers 75 Morton St. to city for new middle school BY LINCOLN ANDERSON F PHOTO BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Dr. Eric Cruzen, emergency medical director, left, and John Gupta, executive director, of the Lenox Hill HealthPlex, on a balcony overlooking both the new Greenwich Lane residential project, left, and a future park and AIDS memorial site, right. or seven years, local politicians and community activists have pushed for the state to sell 75 Morton St. to the city so it could be converted into a sorely needed public middle school. Complicating and slowing the process, dur- E.D. will focus on service, W be able to help in a crisis N o, admittedly, it’s not a fullservice hospital to replace the former St. Vincent’s. Nonetheless, the Lenox Hill HealthPlex will definitely be a major new medical presence on the Lower West Side. And it’s rapidly taking shape in the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building, at W. 12th St. and Seventh Ave. Most notably, the $150 million project will include a 30,000-squarefoot, state-of-the-art emergency department, slated to open by the end of June. It will be Manhattan’s first freestanding E.D. — as in, not physically connected to a hospital. Last week, top officials from the new facility gave The Villager a tour of the whole 160,000-square-foot building. They included John Gupta, the HealthPlex’s executive direc- tor; Dr. Eric Cruzen, the emergency department’s medical director; Alex Hellinger, the facility’s associate executive director; and Terry Lynam, vice president of public relations for North Shore-LIJ Health System, the HealthPlex’s parent company. Construction workers were all around, going up and down on beeping lifts, using loudly whirring elec- SCHOOL, continued on p. 25 Nolita apartments illegally deregulated, building tenants say BY SAM SPOKONY BY LINCOLN ANDERSON ing that time there have been three governors. From the start, Assemblymember Deborah Glick has been a leader in the effort. Two years ago, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn — as part of the approval of the Rudin residential ould you like to pay $4,200 a month to live in an apartment that might actually be rentstabilized? Probably not. In fact, you might be pretty upset with the landlord and real estate broker who tried to sell you on that deal. And that might be why the broker who was advertising two Nolita apartments at market-rate prices hastily removed those listings on the afternoon of March 24 — just hours after this newspaper started asking about claims that both units are being unlawfully deregulated from RENT RUSE, continued on p. 6 HEALTHPLEX E.D., continued on p. 14 C.B. 3 not down with ‘Beastie Square’ 7 Occupy activist hopes case is a 8 A twist of 16


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