The Loss Of St.Vincent’s Has Local Businesses On Life Support
When St. Vincent's closed after 160 years of serving Greenwich Village and most of downtown on the west side, no one really predicted the impact this loss would have on local business. As those of us who live in the West Village tried to adjust to frequent panic attacks and a general state of fear at the loss of the hospital and the sense of comfort we all felt knowing it was there, we had no idea that the businesses we had supported and frequented over the years would soon be gone too.
I have lived on Greenwich Ave for about 18 years, and sure I’ve seen the landscape change. I’ve seen shops come and go, endured the coffee house fads, the occasional bad restaurant, a dry cleaners here and there, these are changes you’ll see in any part of the city, but something always replaced them and quickly, not this time. As I walk around my neighborhood day after day I see another business closed or closing, and these aren’t just sterile, big chain businesses, these are friends, store, restaurant and boutique owners who’ve become a part of our lives, these people are now gone, or leaving and I want them back! Hard working people who have lost their life’s work, good people who have had to fire staff and who now have to struggle to support their families.