Mount Sinai Can’t be Bothered to Clean Trash from Rivington House

Posted on: June 30th, 2020 at 5:03 am by


Rivington House
is a trash-strewn mess, and it doesn’t appear that the Mount Sinai overlords care about cleanup.

At the outset of the COVID-19 lockdown, the future Behavioral Health facility erected a plywood shed to help repel the homeless that tend to loiter and sleep at the doorway. Activity that has transpired on the spot since the historic school building sold for $116 million back in 2016, sparking major controversy.

Now, the doorstep is a mess, and neighbors on Rivington Street are not happy.

“When does Mount Sinai plan to start acting like owners and take care of this property,” one resident asked us in an email. “They can’t reasonably expect to be considered good caretakers of community health when they let this garbage collect around their facility—and remain there for days.”

Mount Sinai is investing $140 million transformation is apparently the largest private investment in behavioral health in New York history.

The Rivington House saga began in early 2016 after then-owner Allure Group paid the city $16.1 million to lift a restrictive deed, then flipped the property to developers Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate for $116 million.

The Rivington House building sold to a mystery buyer last September for $159.6 million, and was the latest turn for a property mired in scandal these last few years.

Recent Stories

An Art Show to Benefit the Educational Alliance

A new art exhibit to support the Educational Alliance and its Manny Cantor Center kicks off this weekend. Drawing inspiration from the recently-deposed Hester Street Fair, “CONTINUE TO BE” is a celebratory show welcoming the warmth and hope of springtime in the city, featuring both new and old work from local photographers who have documented life […]

Clayton’s Corner: Shine a Light on the Dark

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, nights are especially dark on the streets of the Lower East Side. Fewer businesses, less activity, less overall light. In this latest installment of Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian shines a light on the darkness.

City Officially Breaks Ground on $1.45B East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

After an initial delay, the contested $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is set to break ground in the coming days. All against a backdrop of legal filings and vociferous community opposition. “Building a recovery for all of us means fighting climate change and investing in resilient communities,” Mayor de Blasio stated in a […]

The ‘Goodnight Moon’ House on Orchard Street

On lower Orchard Street, there was a telephone, and a landlord tycoon, and an art show depicting … Goodnight Moon. Hosted by Fort Makers, the new exhibit at 38 Orchard brings Margaret Wise Brown’s 1947 children’s book Goodnight Moon to life, via a three-dimensional installation. “Goodnight House” is the work of fourteen commissioned artists who […]

Grassroots Campaign Afoot to Remove Susan Stetzer from CB3 District Manager

Clearly, someone has a personal vendetta against Susan Stetzer, the longtime district manager of Community Board 3. Several wheat-paste posters surfaced on street surfaces around the neighborhood this week, demanding “Susan Stetzer out now” and to “clean up CB3.” The action appears part of a larger (anonymous) campaign to educate the neighborhood about the toxicity […]