The Greenpoint Hospital Nurse’s Quarters is one of the few places left in Brooklyn that can still be explored and it’s right in my backyard (on the other side of my neighborhood). The hospital complex has a storied history but it is best known in popular culture as the place that Serpico was brought after being shot in the face. The Nurse’s Quarters have been abandoned since the early 1980s. I won’t go any further into the history of this place since I already spent a lot of time researching and writing about it and the rest of the hospital for my other blog a couple of years ago. If you would like a thorough write up on the place, follow the link to my Greenpoint Hospital blog post.
Greenpoint Hospital is on the far eastern edge of Greenpoint where Williamsburg and East Williamsburg (or Bushwick) meet. The neighboring facilities have security but they don’t seem to pay too much attention to the Nurse’s Quarters. Since the building became accessible again vandals have used open windows on the building’s upper floors to lean out and tag the structure’s exterior walls that face neighboring Cooper Park. What you see in the photos is just about all that’s left of the interior.
There have long been plans to turn the Nurse’s Quarters into affordable housing. However, to the consternation of the neighborhood, those plans have not been successfully implemented by the city. In the meantime the building sits open to damage from vandalism, graffiti and the elements. And, if those sources of degredation weren’t enough, there is running water in the basement. In March 2014, Adventurebibleschool reported that there was an open hydrant flooding the basement. The water is still flowing.