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To the editor,

Last month, your reporter inaccurately reported that Community Board Six’s Landmarks-Land Use Committee had voted against recommending to the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals that New York Methodist Hospital receive requested variances to build a new outpatient care center. To your credit, you pulled the inaccurate article and replaced it with one that correctly stated that the committee had, in fact, voted to recommend the variances, with conditions.

This month, the same reporter got the story wrong again. Her article about the hearing on the project at the Board of Standards and Appeals begins with these two paragraphs:

“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 the what current zoning allows after Slopers in attendance argued that the hospital’s rationale for why it needs such a big facility has not passed muster.”

In fact, the BSA made no such “demands.” Instead, its members asked for further clarification and information about the plans, which they will review and which will be up for discussion at an April hearing. Whether the BSA will then request any alterations in the plans has yet to be determined.

Furthermore, your reporter stated that hospital“reps are sure they can convince municipal bean-counters to okay the project.”

Neither I nor anyone else affiliated with the hospital made any such arrogant statement. What I said was: “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.”

I would not presume to predict what the BSA’s decision will be.

While the opposition’s arguments are covered in your article, there is absolutely no discussion of the many positive statements by Park Slope and other Brooklyn residents who support the proposal. I am disappointed that this story is not receiving balanced coverage from The Brooklyn Paper. Regardless, I would hope that even a biased article could get the facts straight.

Lyn Hill, Vice President for Communication and External Affairs at New York Methodist Hospital

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yuri from ward 3 says:
They don't call her Lynsanity for nuthin
Feb. 14, 2014, 7:20 am
UpSlope from Park Slope says:
No, this is the kind of arrogant statement made by the hospital: "'We’re not going to apologize for the fact that we’ve been very, very successful' ... Lauren Yedvab, a senior vice president at the hospital, told the board on Tuesday." - http://nyti.ms/1epaTi9
Feb. 14, 2014, 8:51 am
UpSlope from Park Slope says:
Or this one:
The hospital says if the city denies the proposal it will go ahead and build the taller, thinner version, which could rise between 15 and 20 stories and is allowed under current zoning rules. “We have no other option,” Methodist spokeswoman Lyn Hill said.
http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/37/2/dtg-methodist-changes-vote-2014-01-10-bk_37_2.html
Feb. 14, 2014, 9:01 am
Someone who knows from Park Slope says:
There is no worse flack in the city than Lyn Hill. Rule of thumb: If you want reporters to get every detail right and to regurgitate your spin, you need to call reporters back every time. Methodist Hospital, thanks to Hill, treats Park Slope with arrogant disregard -- and then complains when the neighborhood or its media organs fails to appreciate the hospital's largesse. Hill is a poor spokeswoman for a fine institution.
Feb. 14, 2014, 10:20 am
Oh Boy from Windor Terrace says:
This is what happens when every journalist has an agenda. Why can't everyone be like BBC or PBS and stick to the FACTS?
Feb. 14, 2014, 1 pm
Neil from Gowanus says:
Possibly the worst hostpital PR depts. in NYC. I cover healthcare and have attempted to get comments from NYMH management for years. All they seem to be able to do is send me statements from Hill or press releases about babies being born on New Years Eve.
Feb. 14, 2014, 1:25 pm
Laurie S. from Park Slope says:
I can see their beef with the Brooklyn Paper. But until they get out in front and start communicating openly and honestly with the neighbors, this is the kind of story they are going to get.
Feb. 14, 2014, 1:27 pm
gavin from windsor terrace says:
I think Lyn returned my call once when I complained about the garbage on the street. that was in 2005. not quite sure what she does. but the garbage was never removed.
Feb. 14, 2014, 1:30 pm
OffwithHerhead from LocalbKLYN says:
Just wait until this flack has to handle 10,000s of added ER patients from Red Hook & the NYPD perps that need medical attention - if NYS has its way and closes Long Island College hospital. LICH deserves all the communities' attention from now - and at what point do we lop our new Mayor in with Cuomo's behind-the-scenes operations?
Feb. 14, 2014, 5:19 pm
Nick from Cell Block 9 from Park Slope says:
I just moved here after getting out of rikers and have had the unfortunate experience of visiting methodist. First, the doctors are not methodist ministers, which was a little misleading. Second, that raging nutbag Lyn Hill needs to be taken out front, bound and gagged. The things that come out of her are ridiculous. who needs their friggin outpatient care center anyway. I can buy neosporin at rite aid.
July 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

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