After nearly 60 years at 301 West 53rd Street in Manhattan, the New York Blood Center is on the market. However, current employees don’t think it’s a good time to move.
“The opportunities that are opening up for us right now are not really going to be for anyone else but us,” said Jaqueline Terrance, a fundraising manager.
The blood center collects and distributes blood and blood products, and to many new hires, it’s just a name.
“For almost every single person who comes here, this is their home,” said Makenzie Junod, a manager in human resources.
More than 80 workers have signed a petition begging to keep their offices.
Mayor Bill de Blasio supports the move and says the facility will fit in with the Bloomberg-era transit overhaul.
“With the fast-moving transit expansion that the Bloomberg administration completed, we’re in a better position than anybody else,” said de Blasio, who calls the non-profit a “sacred facility” to the community.
But the suburban location is too far.
“There’s a disconnect with the projects that are taking place and the actual neighbors who actually benefit from those projects,” said Rep. Peter King, who represents Long Island’s 5th Congressional District.
The blood center has filed a lawsuit against Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Borough President Eric L. Adams says the blood center is breaking the law. He’s getting input from local businesses and churches.
“We will not allow this to happen, no company should be evicted from their own community,” Adams said.