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A crazy idea

New York City's infamous Bellevue Hospital may become a hotel. City development officials are trying to find a developer to turn the 77-year-old former mental institution (it closed in the mid-1980s) on First Avenue between 29th and 30th streets into a lodging property that would serve visitors to other nearby hospitals and medical businesses.

According to Fox News, the city planners originally thought to convert the building to condos but found that the layout of a mental hospital—long corridors and not-very-large rooms—makes it more conducive to use as transient lodging.

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