Rivington House Vigil Tomorrow Marks 2 Years Since its Controversial Closure

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 at 5:16 am by

The second annual vigil to commemorate both World AIDS Day and the closing and loss of Rivington House is happening tomorrow.

Organized by the grassroots Neighbors to Save Rivington House, the event is a gathering by candlelight to pay tribute to the former residents of Rivington House, who ultimately lost their homes and community when the facility closed in December 2015.

Originally built as a school in 1899, Rivington House was converted to a skilled nursing facility in the early 1990s, serving those living with HIV and AIDS. Since its shutter, however, the building has since become a major scandal for the de Blasio administration. The Allure Group paid the city $16.1 million to lift a restrictive deed, then sold the property to developers Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate for $116 million last year. All along, hizzoner has maintained that he had no knowledge of the land deal.

The legality of the transaction is still under investigation by the State Attorney General, the Department of Health, and Mobilization for Justice.

More info about the vigil can be found here.

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