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Last-ditch LICH! Activists hold rally to stave off impending sale • Brooklyn Paper

Last-ditch LICH! Activists hold rally to stave off impending sale

Courthouse call: Jon Berall, a doctor and resident of Brooklyn Heights, rallies outside the appellate court in a last-ditch effort to save the hospital.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

They are still alive and kicking — even if their hospital is not.

Supporters of Long Island College Hospital staged a rally outside a Downtown courthouse on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to try to save the hospital before the building’s sale is scheduled to close on April 30.

Opponents of the hospital’s impending conversion into fancy condominiums crowded outside the appellate court in an attempt to get judges to hear a last-minute court case against the sale of the building. The situation is literally a matter of life and death, said one activist.

“This is just evil,” said Jon Berall, a doctor and Brooklyn Heights resident. “People are going to die so that luxury condos can be built.”

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli approved the sale of the medical campus on Oct. 28, paving the way for the campus’s conversion by real estate firm Fortis Property Group.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Life support: Residents and doctors show their support for the shuttered Long Island College Hospital outside the appellate court building on April 23.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

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