Williamsburg General Hospital

Williamsburg General Hospital[1] was the final name of a Brooklyn hospital that opened in the late 19th century and both moved and changed names more than once. One of these names is associated with “Brooklyn’s first woman ambulance surgeon,” Mary Crawford.[2][3] Today that location houses an apartment building[4][5] and an earlier one became a playground.[6]

defunct Brooklyn hospital

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The hospital had several names and was associated with no fewer than five locations.[7]

Three names used by the hospital were:

  • Brooklyn Throat Hospital[8]
  • Williamsburgh Hospital[8][9] (Williamsburg Hospital once Williamsburg’s “h” was dropped)[10]
  • Williamsburg General Hospital.[1]

Five locations associated with the hospital were:

  • South 3d St. and Bedford Avenue” (at times written as Bedford Avenue and South 3rd Street)[11]
  • 106 South Third Street[9][12]
  • 342 Bedford Avenue[13]
  • 156 South 9th Street[13] and
  • 757 Bushwick Avenue.[14]

They began as Brooklyn Throat Hospital in 1859 and were listed in the 1897 Annual Report of the New York State Board of Welfare as Dispensary of the Brooklyn Throat Hospital. They were renamed Williamsburgh Hospital[15] and subsequently Williamsburg General Hospital.

The 757 Bushwick Avenue structure that housed the hospital’s last location was torn down and, in 1970, rebuilt as an apartment building. [14][16][17] In 1936 the 106 South Third Street’ structure was purchased by the city government, torn down, and became Berry Playground.[6]

  1. “Samuel Goldstein, Lawyer, Dies; Ex-Assistant District Attorney”. The New York Times. October 9, 1964.
  2. “Mary Crawford, Surgeon, 88, dies”. The New York Times. November 27, 1972. surgeon on a horse-drawn ambulance. Later she rose to chief surgeon at the hospital.
  3. “Maniac Knocked Out By Woman Surgeon”. The New York Times.
  4. “757 Bushwick Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11221 – Apartments for Rent”.
  5. Posted in(Not)Forgotten GreenpointGeoff Cobb (April 10, 2019). “Groundbreaking Williamsburg, Female Physician: Mary Crawford”. Greenpointers. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  6. “Berry Playground”. NYC Department of Parks (NYCgovparks.org).
  7. Talk:Williamsburg General Hospital#No fewer than five locations
  8. NYC City Council “The City Record: Board of Estimate and Apportionment (1899)”(PDF). September 7, 1899. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  9. Legislative Document – Volume 19 – Page 169 – Google Books Result: WILLIAMSBURGH HOSPITAL , THE 106 South Third Street , Brooklyn Incorporated April 26 , 1889 , as ” The Brooklyn Throat Hospital “ ; reincorporated as the above by chapter 503 of the Laws
  10. “Dr. Isidor Cohen”. The New York Times. July 11, 1964. He interned at the former Williamsburg Hospital in Brooklyn after his graduation in 1913.
  11. “The sun. [volume], March 25, 1898, Page 9, Image 9″.
  12. Talk:Williamsburg General Hospital#South 3rd Street: 106 vs. 130
  13. The Real Estate Record for January 18, 1919, page 92, lists an entry for 156 South 9th Street as land purchased by Williamsburgh Hospital, then having its address listed as 342 Bedford Avenue. A more recent update indicates seven stories. “built in 1926” is stated by “156 South 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211”., with ALTERNATE ADDRESS(es): 891 Driggs Ave, 901 Driggs Ave, 905 Driggs Ave}}
  14. “757 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221”.
  15. Williamsburg Hospital post-1855, when the “h” was dropped from Williamsburgh
  16. “Bushwick Apartments: 757 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, NY”. Bushwick Apartments is located on 757 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11221
  17. “Williamsburg Apartments: 757 Bushwick AVE, BROOKLYN”. Williamsburg Apartments is located on 757 Bushwick AVE, BROOKLYN, NY, 11221
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