An ER doctor from New Hampshire came to New York to help coronavirus victims, but when he moved into his brother’s Upper West Side co-op, the board asked him to leave just two days later, The NY Times reports.
Dr. Richard Levitan came to volunteer his time at Bellevue Hospital, where he was a resident from 1990-1994. He initially tried to book a hotel room at The Four Seasons, but they weren’t yet ready to admit medical professionals.
So he contacted his brother, who owns a co-op near Central Park in the West 60s and is currently out of town with his family.
Levitan arrived to the co-op on Saturday, which he told the NY Times was virtually empty.
He was handed a list of the co-op’s rules during the pandemic. One of the clauses states that only residents, relatives, nannies and home health care aides would be allowed into the building.
Two days later, Levitan’s brother sent him a text, saying that the building’s board didn’t want him there.
“Hey Richard — We are so proud of you and your heroism. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but looks like our apartment building doesn’t want you staying in our apt.”
This news was confirmed that evening when Levitan entered the lobby and spoke with the doorman and building super. Neither were able to say for sure why the board had made its decision. But the super did say, “I guess they’re afraid of you bringing this virus with you”.
According to the Times, Levitan was dismayed, since he was coming from a rural area which is much less risky of infection. He apparently video recorded the conversation he had with the doorman and super, though it wasn’t released. He also requested the Times leave the building address out of their story to avoid getting his brother into trouble with them.
Luckily, the doctor was able to find another place to stay in the city.
Dr. Levitan is the founder of Airway Cam and several other medical inventions.