Woman dies after botched butt injection in E. 21st St. building

LATESHA BYNUM

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A Harlem woman died after she received a butt injection in a building on East 21st Street near First Avenue earlier this month. The New York Post reported on Monday that 31-year-old Latesha Bynum reportedly received the injections in the unmarked building on July 15 and 12 days later, was struck with dizziness and chest pain. She called 911 around 11 p.m. and was brought to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s last Thursday, but was later pronounced brain-dead before being taken off life support.

The Post noted that the building is not a legitimate medical office, according to the Department of Health.

A resident of the building told the Post that police had been investigating an apartment on the third floor of the building for most of the last weekend. The NYPD told Town & Village that the investigation is ongoing but there have not been any arrests in the case as of Wednesday morning.

 

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NYU Langone expanding to 41st St.

NYU Langone will occupy all of 222 East 41st Street in addition to its current First Avenue facility. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Property Trust)

NYU Langone will occupy all of 222 East 41st Street in addition to its current First Avenue facility. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Property Trust)

By Sabina Mollot

NYU Langone Medical Center will be expanding its presence on the East Side, having just inked a 30-year lease with landlord Columbia Property Trust, Inc. for an additional building.

The owner, in an announcement last Thursday, said the hospital will be occupying the entire building, a 25-story office tower at 222 East 41st Street. NYU Langone is expected to move in around the end of the year, after another Columbia’s lease with law firm Jones Day at the property expired last October. The owner didn’t say what the rent would be.

NYU Langone will be converting the building into a combination of medical offices, ambulatory care facilities and other ancillary uses. The lobby has already been upgraded and Columbia Property Trust said the hospital will also benefit from other amenities at the building, which was built in 2001 and acquired by Columbia in 2007.

Services currently planned for the building are ophthalmology, plastic surgery, neurology, urology, dermatology, orthopedics and radiology as well as other physician practice offices. However, hospital spokesperson DJ Haffeman said there still might be changes.

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