Greenpoint Hospital’s Abandoned Nurse’s Quarters

Arched entrance loggia to hospital building

Nurse’s Quarters Main Entrance

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.

Before and after photos showing no graffiti on building in one photo and graffiti on building in the other photo

Greenpoint Hospital Time Comparison (2013 to 2016)

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.

Rear of tan brick, four story hospital building with tall arched first floor windows and rectangular upper story windows

Rear of Nurse’s Quarters

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.

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2 Responses to Greenpoint Hospital’s Abandoned Nurse’s Quarters

  1. Amanada Jones says:

    how do you get in?


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