|Greenpoint Hospital Main Building|
|Greenpoint Hospital Bird's Eye View (Google Satellite)|
Built in 1914, Greenpoint Hospital served the North Brooklyn community until 1982. Constructed of brick and limestone, the eclectic main building bears elements of Romanesque Revival, Italianate and Neo-Classical architectural styles.
Some notable visitors to Greenpoint Hospital included officer Frank Serpico, Dr. Clarke Smith and neighborhood activist Margaret Carnegie. When Frank Serpico was shot in the face during a drug bust on Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg on February 3rd 1971 he was treated at Greenpoint Hospital. Frank Serpico was the N.Y.P.D. wistle blower played by Al Pacino in the 1973 film “Serpico”. Dr. Clarke Smith who became director of emergency services at the Hospital was a leading figure in drafting “a Patient’s Bill of Rights” which became a model for what was adopted nationwide. Margaret Carnegie was involved with the Congress of Neighborhood Women, the Greenpoint Renaissance Enterprise Corp, the Council for the Ageing and the Williamsburg Greenpoint Independent Democrats. Carnegie worked to improve conditions for seniors and is credited with bringing ‘Grandparents Day’ to New York.
Toward the end of its tenure, Greenpoint Hospital had a lot of problems with the quality of medical care it provided to patients. Shortly after receiving a $2.5 million renovated in the early sixties the hospital had to rely on Mount Sini Hospital to fill staff shortages. Prior to the agreement with Mount Sini the 252 bed hospital was operating at approximately forty percent capacity and plans had been made to convert the hospital into a nursing care facility. A state health department study completed in 1967 found that unscreened windows allowing pigeon fecal matter into the building were ventilating the operating rooms, there were elevators and stair wells that opened directly into the operating room suite and the hospital did not have adequate sterile storage space. These shortcomings, as well as overcrowding and disrepair led to an emergency renovation in the late 60s. The renovations and support from Mount Sini were not enough to keep to hospital from becoming obsolete and eventually Greenpoint Hospital was replaced by Woodhall Hospital in Bushwick.
|Greenpoint Hospital Out Patient Building - Greenpoint Renaissance Center|
|Entrance to Nurse's Quarters|
|Interior of Abandoned Nurse's Quarters|
(Photo: Courtesy of Julia Wertz AdventureBibleSchool.com)
|Greenpoint Hospital (Corner of Jackson Street and Kingsland Avenue)|
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- Kilgannon, Corey “Serpico on Serpico” New York Times. Online. 22 January 2010
- “Dr. Clarke Smith was a famous physician” Amsterdam News. December 2, 1984
- "Margaret Carnegie" Neighborhood Women. Online.
- Connors, Gerald “Institution Will Restore Full Services” World Telegram and Sun. 22 July 1961
- Tolchin, Martin “State Finds Wide Contamination At a City Hospital in Brooklyn” New York Times. 27 December 1967
- Furfaro, Danielle “Greenpoint Hospital redevelopment plan flatlines” The Brooklyn Paper. 3 October 2012