Prospect Hospital

Prospect Hospital was a 175-bed seven-story private hospital located in The Bronx that opened at 730 Kelly Street in 1963, closed in 1985,[1] and is now a homeless shelter.

Prospect Hospital
LocationThe Bronx, New York, United States
Coordinates40°49′00″N 73°53′58″W / 40.816606570616°N 73.89954078793602°W / 40.816606570616; -73.89954078793602Coordinates: 40°49′00″N 73°53′58″W / 40.816606570616°N 73.89954078793602°W / 40.816606570616; -73.89954078793602
ListsHospitals in New York
Other linksList of hospitals in the Bronx


Prospect, which owned "15 brownstone buildings that are used for drug and alcohol rehabilitation and other social programs," was owned by a locally-born man, Dr. Jacob B. Freedman, who built it in 1963.[1][2] The hospital was the linchpin of the now-landmarked South Bronx neighborhood, Longwood.[3]

An attempt had been made by a group of doctors to reopen,[4] but it was not successful.[5] The 175-bed seven-story facility was purchased to become "family inns" rather than being termed "homeless shelters" or "welfare hotels." The latter were described as "rooms that are often cramped and squalid."[6] The building, located at 730 Kelly Street, was renamed Prospect Family Inn; one part of it is Prospect Family Nursery, a two-room "around the clock" setup "where parents in crisis can leave their children for up to 72 hours."[7][8]

At another location, there was a predecessor medical facility "that traced its beginnings to 1919."[9]


  1. ^ a b Peter Kerr (March 18, 1985). "Hospital Shuts Abruptly and State Plan Inquiry". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Prospect Hospital Will Lay Cornerstone on Wednesday". The New York Times. August 27, 1962.
  3. ^ David W. Dunlap (October 10, 1982). "South Bronx Neighbors Hold Devastation At Bay". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "State Judge Acts On Shut Hospital". The New York Times. April 30, 1985.
  5. ^ "Neighborhood Report, Hunts Points: Clinic is revival's newest milestone". The New York Times. January 9, 1994. since Prospect Hospital closed
  6. ^ Barbara Basler (July 3, 1986). "Private Group Prepares Housing for Homeless". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Emily M. Bernstein (July 23, 1993). "72 Hours of Relief; Center Tackles Family Crises". The New York Times.
  8. ^ It works with children ages 2 months to 5 years old.
  9. ^ "Longwood, Bronx". June 4, 2007.