NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Provides a Geological Transplant to Prospect Park

Aug 28, 2017

Brooklyn, New York

a group of large rocks

During excavation near Sixth Street and Eighth Avenue in Park Slope—the site for NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital’s new Center for Community Health (CCH)—about 30 large boulders were removed from the ground and donated to the Prospect Park Alliance.

The Park plans to use these transplanted pieces of quartz granite for its Parks without Borders initiative. According to Christian Zimmerman, vice president of capital and landscape management for the Prospect Park Alliance, the Parks without Borders plan includes adding a new entrance to Prospect Park on Flatbush Avenue, where the boulders will likely be placed long term.

“The boulders donated by the Hospital are an exact geological match for the rocks in Prospect Park because they come from the same terrain and appear identical aesthetically to what has been in the Park for 150 years,” said Mr. Zimmerman, who worked with the Hospital’s construction manager to organize the transportation of the massive rocks to the Park.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has a longstanding partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance. Lyn Hill, vice president for communication and external affairs at the Hospital recalled that “in the 1990s, the Hospital provided a geological transplant when boulders were sent to Prospect Park during excavation of the Hospital’s current Medical Office Pavilion on Seventh Avenue.” Those boulders were used in Prospect Park’s Woodlands Project.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist has also sponsored a number of Prospect Park initiatives, most recently the Connective Project, a public art installation that was part of the Park’s 150th anniversary celebration.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Founded in 1881, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn's Park Slope. It houses 591 licensed inpatient beds and provides services to some 42,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers specialized care in the following areas: advanced and minimally invasive surgery, advanced otolaryngology, asthma and lung disease, cancer care, cardiology and cardiac surgery, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, digestive and liver disorders, healthy aging, neurosciences, orthopedic medicine and surgery, vascular medicine and surgery and women's health. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network.

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