2016-01-20 / Features

Two Astoria Models Of Reclamation: MSQ, Socrates Park

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO


“A project 15 years in the making is (now) up,” Caryn Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens told the board at the January 12 meeting at the Astoria World Manor. “A project 15 years in the making is (now) up,” Caryn Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens told the board at the January 12 meeting at the Astoria World Manor. Mount Sinai Queens hospital and Socrates Sculpture Park, two notable Astoria mainstays, were agenda items at the Community Board 1 meeting to start the New Year.

“A project 15 years in the making is (now) up,” Caryn Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens told the board at the January 12 meeting at the Astoria World Manor.

John Hatfield, Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park, said the board’s vote to recommend mapping the park in its 30th anniversary year was “a momentous occasion” and would “secure its future.”

Built on abandoned landfill in 1986 by artists and community members led by Mark di Suvero, Socrates Sculpture Park is a non-profit that had 150,000 visitors last year. It has operated since 1993 under a licensing agreement with the Department of Parks and Recreation and was designated city parkland in 1998.

The new Mount Sinai Queens hospital, a $150 million project that broke ground in October 2013, will open in stages in 2016, while Socrates Sculpture Park, reclaimed and resurrected from an abandoned landfill and garbage dump, will officially become a part of the city’s map this year.

“We’re starting to close up the work on all floors,” Schwab said describing plans to wrap the six-story structure in limestone this year during which five floors, providing 140,000 sq. ft. of space, will be opened beginning in March with the expanded Emergency Department to be followed by six new operating rooms in April, physicians suites in May and the grand new entrance in September.

In a presentation entitled “The Future of Health Care in Queens,” Schwab, with assistance from Ana Rodriguez, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services at Mount Sinai Queens, showed what the state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED), six new Operating Rooms (OR) with a new Interventional Radiology Suite with the latest technology and an expanded outpatient medical services unit will look like.

“The entrance to the ED, which will have 20,000 sq. ft. – five times the size of the previous ED, will look and feel very different,” said Schwab. “There will be a combination of private rooms and open bays,” she said.

In addition, an ambulance bay with a driveway on 30th Avenue provides a covered entrance and privacy for patients, as well as a separate walk-in entrance.

An Outpatient Imaging Center is on the second floor and six new Operating Rooms will open on the third floor, for a total of 10 OR suites (including existing ORs) with Holding, Recovery and Waiting Rooms.

The fourth and fifth floors are for Outpatient Medical Services, using 40,000 sq. ft. of space for 40 new Primary Care and Specialty Care Physicians.

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