The Board of Standards and appeals demanded New York Methodist Hospital provide more information about its expansion plan and make it closer to what zoning allows

City to Methodist: Lower the roof, raise the proof

Bird’s eye: The activist group Preserve Park Slope came up with its own rendering for the proposed Methodist Hospital expansion plan, saying that the hospital’s version obscures how large the proposed structure would loom.
The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

New York Methodist Hospital must alter its controversial plans for an expansion that some Park Slope residents say would wreck their tree-lined streets with traffic, smog, and out-of-place architecture, the city demanded this week.

The Board of Standards and Appeals told the hospital to tweak its proposal to be closer to what current zoning allows after Slopers in attendance at a Tuesday hearing argued that the hospital’s rationale for why it needs such a big facility has not passed muster.

“We are not opposed to the expansion of Methodist Hospital. What we are opposed to is this level of expansion,” said Stuart Klein, lawyer for the opposition group Preserve Park Slope. “While they have used the word ‘needs’ again and again, they have not described those needs.”

The city called on the hospital to clarify why the outpatient facility cannot reduce the heights of each floor and required that Methodist come up with more detailed renderings, a better explanation of what the top floors of the facility would do, and a plan for managing traffic outside the neighboring John Jay Educational Campus, all before an April 8 hearing.

Methodist says it needs every last iota of the proposed Center for Community Health because the hospital lacks testing space in its current emergency department and needs room to accommodate increasing demand for outpatient procedures.

“Every square inch has been utilized in this building that we are proposing,” hospital head Lauren Yedvab said.

The city questioned why Methodist cannot shave a few floors off of the center and add them to a parking garage on Fifth Street near Seventh Avenue, but hospital representatives said such a plan would prevent doctors from easily consulting one another. Expansion opponents countered that Methodist’s current plan is simply a less-expensive alternative to the garage proposal.

“It is cheaper and easier for them to build a variance than it is to build on this parking lot,” said Bennett Kleinberg, president of Preserve Park Slope.

Methodist will go ahead with a taller and thinner complex that would be allowed under current zoning if it does not get a variance from the city.

But reps are sure they can convince municipal bean-counters to okay the project.

“We are confident that we will be able to provide the requested information and answer all questions to the board’s satisfaction at the continued hearing in April,” hospital spokeswoman Lyn Hill said.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn says:
Methodist needs to relocate this expansion to the lich site. Hospital vans can go back and forth to the acute site. No need for it to be across the street-times have changed. Many outpatients hospital facilities are a short distance from the primary hospital
Feb. 12, 2014, 6:03 am
Tm from Ps says:
Funny how everyone is concerned about height and tree destruction with the hospital expansion but no is concerned about these things when they build these ridicolous coop buildings.
Feb. 12, 2014, 9 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
It is funny. So what? Oh, and new coop buildings? Who is building coops nowadays? Condos, baby, condos.
Feb. 13, 2014, 2:09 pm
Diane C from Original Park Slope says:
TM you nailed it not just the coops but the owners themselves adding on to their brownstones. Hear is a concept CLEAN the friggin streets in front of your million dollar brownstones. They are notorious around here> i fall again i will OWN one of them
Feb. 19, 2014, 11:20 am

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: