March 6 – Happy Birthday Gordon Grant

cityhospitalSince my company published books on the topic, I’m pretty familiar with the hazards of medical waste. From bloodborne pathogens to radioactive isotopes, today’s health care facilities must follow very strict government-mandated disposal protocols to ensure their patients, their employees and their communities do not come in contact with the pretty hazardous stuff that hospitals typically throw away. That of course was not always the case and if he were still alive, today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant could surely tell us some great but scary stories.

His name was Gordon Grant. He used to live on the first floor of a two story house on the northwest corner of Amsterdam’s Division and Leonard Streets. That was a very convenient location, because he was the head maintenance and custodial guy for the old Amsterdam City Hospital. The facility was located on the sight of the current day Frank Sirchia Memorial Park, which is directly across the street from Mr. Grant’s former residence. The picture that accompanies today’s post shows the elegant Guy Park Avenue front side of the old hospital. The rear Division street view was a lot less desirable. That’s where they used to keep the garbage…

You can read the rest of my story about this hard working former Amsterdam resident in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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