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#1 2010-10-07 12:07:27

unclemuntze
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Chelsea in 1964, and Upper East Side hospitals

Hi there
I'm a Brit doing some research on NYC in the early 60s. I'm particularly interested in:
- a general sense of what life was like in the Chelsea neighbourhood in that time (1964)
- whether anyone is aware of a hospital, possibly nicknamed 'The Clinic', in the Upper East Side, that provided cheap alternative healthcare (possibly a Catholic hospital). If anyone can clue me in to whether the Upper East Side was as upmarket then as it is now, that'd also be great.
Any help hugely appreciated.

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#2 2010-10-09 08:11:37

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Re: Chelsea in 1964, and Upper East Side hospitals

Chelsea in the early 60s had many walk-up buildings converted to rooming houses. There were many Hispanics, mostly from Puerto Rico. They were pushed out in the 80s when gays began moving from the Village, bought buildings, and gentrified the area.

I don't recall any Catholic hospitals on the Upper East Side or "The Clinic."  There were two specialty hospitals; Trafalgar for alcoholics and Gracie Square, a psychiatric and substance abuse facility.

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#3 2010-10-09 09:12:49

Sal
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Re: Chelsea in 1964, and Upper East Side hospitals

Misericordia Hosptial and Clinic was located on East 97th up until the late 1950's,when it relocated to the Bronx. Not sure if this was the hospital.

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#4 2010-10-09 16:39:03

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Re: Chelsea in 1964, and Upper East Side hospitals

Misericordia hospital was on 86th street between York and East End, yes, until the late 1950's.  It did move to the Bronx and was later part of the Catholic Medical Center, now closed.

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#5 2010-10-09 21:17:09

Mike
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Re: Chelsea in 1964, and Upper East Side hospitals

Although my parents have lived in Queens all my life, I was born in Misericordia hospital.
I was very young at the time and didn't catch the street number.

I just looked at my birth certificate. (don't ask why I have it handy). Unfortunately all it said was Manhattan on the address line under Misericordia Hospital. The Doc who signed it 2 days after my birth put 245 W 72nd. That was probably his office.

Considering that Dad was a young FDNY and they just had 2 kids prior and now they needed a larger car with me on the way, I'll go with the "cheap alternative healthcare" theory, and it was a Catholic hospital.

Hey, I guess I can say I did live in Manhattan, even it was for just a few hours! LOL

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#6 2010-10-09 21:50:26

Sal
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Re: Chelsea in 1964, and Upper East Side hospitals

Mike-One of my cousins was a Cardiologist at Misericordia hosptial 1960's-1980's. Until I visited this site,I never knew it was originally in Manhattan. As a kid,I only visited Midtown Hospital(300 block of East 49th) Long gone.

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#7 2011-03-10 16:35:59

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#8 2011-04-11 05:57:34

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