Tribeca Pediatrics started work on the facade of their new location in the former John’s Bakery at 1322 Cortelyou Road this week, which had some neighbors worried that the mosaic mural on the building, created by the Brooklyn Recycle Project, would be torn out.
Brooklyn Recycle artist Juan Carlos Pinto put signs on the mosaic to try to prevent the construction workers from tearing it down and many concerned neighbors reached out to the medical practice to urge them to save the piece.
Tribeca Pediatrics Practice Manager Leslie Pennypacker responded saying she appreciated the community bringing the mural to their attention. “We are happy to move into the community and we will leave the mural,” said Pennypacker.
“In reference to the mural on Cortelyou, the first thing I told my contractor is: make sure you keep this!” said Tribeca Pediatrics owner Dr. Michael Cohen. “In the bigger picture, I am very excited to open an office in Ditmas! I love the neighborhood which I got to know while my daughter lived there.”
Tribeca Pediatrics plans to open their Cortelyou Road location in October and will have two pediatricians working in the neighborhood.
Pinto and the Brooklyn Recycle Project are also planning another mosaic in a column between the laundromat and the Key Foods supermarket on Cortelyou Road and E. 16th Street, as well as in Q Gardens on Church Avenue and E.18th Street.
Update 5:29pm: This article has been updated to include a statement from Tribeca Pediatrics owner Dr. Michael Cohen.