Farewell St. Vinny’s

by admin on May 4, 2010

This is what my mom had to say about her time at St. Vinny’s ~ She had Dr. James Nealon & she was always in a ward with 4/5 other girls. She loved being there & considered it a retreat ~ she got to kick back for a week, have someone cook all her meals & eat them in bed. Everyday the Sisters of Charity would come down the hall ~ bells ringing, candles lit & deliver daily communion in enormous bonnets fastened by huge bows under the chin. She went to the chapel daily & prayed for everyone in the hospital. She always had a bed by the window where she could see into the apartment of an artist who painted til the wee hours of the night & is still dying to know what was on his canvass (btw, she took up water coloring in her mid-50’s & now paints on a daily basis).  After she delivered me, number four, the nuns gave her an ugly robe & told her not to come back ~ so like a good Catholic girl, she moved out to Long Island & popped out one more on the sly.

This is where the artisit lived ~ Northeast corner of 7th Ave & Greenwhich Ave

This is where the artist lived ~ Northeast corner of 7th Ave & Greenwhich Ave

This is the room she stayed in 4 years in a row.

This is the room she stayed in 4 years in a row.

She had to see it to believe it. It's a sad day for New York ~ If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere

She had to see it to believe it. It's a sad day for New York ~ If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere

This is my Mom ~ back in the '60's she schleped down from the Bronx to deliver 4 of her 5 children here

This is my Mom ~ back in the '60's she schleped down from the Bronx to deliver children @ St Vinny's b/c they were the best in town.

Thank you! Dr. James Nealon & all of St. Vincent's Staff for delivering 4 of my beautiful children ~ Alicia McCarvill ~ 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965

We met a fabulous nurse who went to nursing school at St. Vinny's back in the 70's & worked there as well.

We met a fabulous nurse who went to nursing school at St. Vinny's back in the 70's & worked there as well.

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