Book Signings

We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:

10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble

10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble

10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble

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The hallways of this hospital lie quiet and littered with debris. Brunswick Hospital was a small community facility located in Amityville. It served the communities of the south shores of the Nassau/Suffolk border. Many who sought treatment at Brunswick were elderly and couldn’t drive. The hospital shut its doors in 2005, but they didn’t stay closed for long. Two hundred evacuees were given shelter in the shuttered facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The operating rooms lie empty, the lighting and O.R. tables having been removed. Nurse’s stations and hospital rooms are devoid of their former positions. Amazingly, some areas still have stuff left behind. One nursing station still has its computers. An entire place being emptied can be understood easily as the result of employees ordered to remove everything. A place with all its former belongings, though mysterious and interesting, is understandable; everyone just got up and left, without anyone looking back. However, what causes a place to leave some items scattered about, but remove others. Was that one nurse’s station simply overlooked by those cleaning the place out? We’ll never know.

Comments (14)

    now demolished
    They knocked this down a few months ago, I was lucky to get inside and get some photos the week before it happened
    i was born at this hosp in 67 parents lived in lindenhurst at that time
    I once had to take my wife to this hospital when she was bitten by a stray cat back in 2002/2003.. It was a DISASTER to say the least. 4 Hours in the Smallest ER waiting room in history, the place was just OLD and Way outdated. If you were sick, you were better off getting treatment in the middle of sunrise highway. Amazing the building is as destroyed as is, butim sure the hurricanes and shit have taken their toll on the place. I live now only 5 mins from it.
    the people from katrina never came to amityville. the village would not allow them to be housed at brunswick. there was not enough police to contain them and not enough call rooms for the kids. so fema would have paid the hospital a lot of money if they did. it was just another ploy of dr. singh to fill his pockets with cash.
    when we left we just took our personal things with us. because of lawsuits nothing was allowed to be taken out of the buildings. they owed millions to people.
    :sad: :sad: :-? very bad story. :zzz :zzz :zzz :-| :-* :oops: :sad: :cry: :o :-? :-x
    Thank you for writing about BHC. I worked there 33 years and it holds many fond memories. Just one correction. Even though we prepped the rooms for the Katrina victims, none ever showed up. I was told that they didn't want to leave Louisiana. Who knows?

    If you ever want details about anything at the hospital, feel free to contact me.
    I WORKED AT BHC FROM 3/12/75 TO 5/23/07. THE GENRAL CLOSED IN 2005, BUT THE NURSING HOME AND PMR REMAINED OPEN UNTIL 07.

    JUST A CORRECTION. WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET THE KATRINA EVACUEES. I EVEN HELPED PREP THE ROOMS, BUT THEY NEVER ARRIVED. WE HAD 2-N AND 3-N ALL SET UP FOR THEM, BUT WAS TOLD THAT NOONE WANTED TO LEAVE LA.

    THANK YOU FOR WRITING ABOUT BHC. IT WAS A SMALL PRIVATELY OWNED HOSITPAL BY CLAIRE AND BEN STEIN. YOU COULD ALWAYS GO TO THEIR OFFICE WITH ANY ISSUES, SINCE THEY HAD AN OPEN DOOR POLICY.

    I SPENT OVER HALF OF MY LIFE WORKING THERE. IT HOLDS MANY FOND MEMORIES.

    LISA UMSTEAD
    The operating portion of the hospital is a horror. I'm in the mental health field and believe me, it's a snake pit. People choose Brunswick because there is a tiny room in which one can smoke - there is tar dripping from the walls and the staff doesn't even enter with the patients in their charge.
    any changes in this place? is it active?
    It's a psych hospital and has been for years.
    I, along with my manager were the last to leave Brunswick. No hurricane victims were EVER housed there. Your info is wrong.
    I worked the Lab...only the. Psych building are still running.
    I was born at Brunswick Hospital along with my sister in 1946. At this time our family lived in Deer Park, and Dad, familiar with the Amityville area, was working in the long gone Aircraft industry in Farmingdale. Brunswick was at that time, the epitome of first class hospitals on the south shore. It is sad to see a facility of this stature suffer the effects of time and disuse. Maybe we should tear down the Statue of Liberty and outsource the copper and steel to foreign nations. Fond memories indeed for a most fine hospital. Ted Bates

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