The Saint Vincent's HospiTale
On January 12, the coldest day
of the year, Vincent was found near Saint Vincent's hospital, in New York.
The episodes -- The history -- The photos -- The maps
(Pilot - Once Upon a Time in the City of New York)
(God Bless the Child)
* It's interesting to notice
that the only place in the episodes where it's said that Vincent is found
in the garbage behind the hospital is in a scene where it's Vincent
himself who speaks, in a bizarre dream sequence, prompted by his wish to
never be born. The other scenes just mention "near" or "outside" St
Vincent's hospital. Actually, there was no "behind" St Vincent's hospital.
In 1849 the Sisters of Charity opened St. Vincent's Hospital, the first Catholic hospital in New York City, and the third in the city. The Elizabeth Bayley Seton Building, a seven-story red-brick Georgian-style building, was completed in 1899 by the architectural firm Schickel & Ditmars. It was named after Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American to be canonized. She also founded the Sisters of Charity who, in turn, founded St. Vincentís.
It is there that many of Titanicís survivors received medical attention once they disembarked the Carpathia, since that is was the closest hospital to Pier 54. St. Vincentís often took care of injured seamen.
It is there that Dylan Thomas, a poet dear to the fandom, died on 9th November 1953. It is there that, maybe that same Winter, our Vincent was left.
This is how the hospital looked at that time. The building was demolished in the 80's, and replaced by the current building in the same place. Now, the plans are to move the hospital to a new tower, to be built a few blocks away, and replace it with a residential complex.
So, the place where Vincent was found, after having disappeared as a building, will disappear also from the maps as a hospital. It will remain only in our hearts. A safe place anyway.
St Vincent's Hospital Complex, Elizabeth bayley Seton Building, 151-167 West
11th Street, New York City, NY, USA
The maps - click to enlarge
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