New images show how the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is being converted into the city’s latest field hospital — its seats now replaced with hospital beds.
Volunteers Wednesday labored to convert the massive, storied Morningside Heights house of worship into a makeshift infirmary as the city grapples with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the US.
With the thousands of church seats removed from the cathedral’s cavernous, 600-foot-long nave, workers began lining rows of 400 beds and erecting the white tents that will soon be staffed by healthcare workers from the neighboring Mount Sinai Health System.
Church leaders announced the conversion of what is billed as the largest Gothic cathedral in the world on Monday to assist in the dire shortage of beds at city hospitals.
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