Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sidewalk shed arrives for former Cabrini Center


A reader alerted us this morning that the sidewalk shed would be going up outside the former Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on East Fifth Street and Avenue B ... currently under renovation to residential use...

6 comments:

JAZ said...

Hard not to get a sick feeling even just seeing the name 'Cabrini' anymore.

The failure of the administration to make even the slightest attempt to protect it's most vulnerable citizens is absolutely nauseating.

Gojira said...

Oh JAZ, you silly thing. Why should our dear mayor lift a finger for the prior inhabitants of Cabrini? They were not wealthy, fabulous, glitzy, they did not woo, shamble down the street in absurd costumes while they bar-crawled, they did not demand "luxury" buildings crammed with gyms, doormen, pools, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors, and they did not contribute to the overall fabulousness that reigns in Manhattan today. Instead they were just content to just live quietly and uneventfully, kept company by a pair of sweet cats named Ben and Jerry (and I wonder what happened to them), refusing to put on short skirts and high heels or porkpie hats in an attempt to fit in. We don't *really* want people like that in this simply faboo neighborhood and city, now do we?

Patricia Krasnausky said...

As part of the administration of the former Cabrini Center I can asure you that we did more than you could imagine including trips to the Department of health in Albany over years to requst what is know as "Heal NY" grants to allow us to purchase the property; meetings with and letters to and from all of our local legislators over years who made great efforts to help avert this loss; meetings and letters to and from the Archdiocese over years. A real plan came into play with the Archdiocese but could not be carried out when the building was sold to someone else.
What good is crying on the street in public after all that? It did not help Bialystoker.
It is not possible for you to have known all of this, but I can assure you that no one could be more sad than I and the others in Administration.
Since closing, we have visited many of the residents who moved to other nursing homes to see how they are doing. We have worked with many employees to get jobs and continuue to do so. The administrators all have lost their jobs as wll or had them greatly diminished due to Cabrini Center's closing.
Patricia Krasnausky, former CEO

JAZ said...

@ Patricia

I just want to make clear that in my post, the reference to 'administration' is in reference to the city administration, which seems ready and more than willing to spring into action on causes significantly less pressing than protection of their most vulnerable citizens. I am certain that people caring for the residents at Cabrini are devastated, and that real efforts, which you touched on, were made by yourself and others to protect these people.

I'm just ashamed that, in this city, the city powers that be couldn't and or wouldn't intervene in some way.

Goggla said...

We don't need hospitals, schools or nursing homes in this instant-gratification society where the future doesn't matter. I can only hope karma works things out in the end...

Anonymous said...

Gojira,

Re: the Cabrini cats, Jerry died last Christmas :-((, and Ben is currently in a good (albeit much smaller) home.