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The Floating Hospital’s artwork

When patients visit our clinic, joyful artwork has a key role.

The Floating Hospital has always strived to transport families to a place of safety, calm and happiness. We offer a momentary relief from the pressure of whatever hardships brought them to us for assistance.

We put a lot of thought into designing our new clinic to create the same effect, especially on our younger patients.

At our current clinic, visiting patients are immediately greeted with a vibrant mural that depicts the Long Island City community at the entrance to our Crescent Street lobby, courtesy of the Long Island nonprofit Splashes of Hope.

Splashes of Hope also decorated some of the ceilings of our exam rooms with sea creatures and other kid-friendly scenes. Last year, staff and board members restored the mural artwork that decorates our 27th Street waiting room.

The future of The Floating Hospital’s artwork

Our new clinic will have a dedicated children’s waiting room. For that, we envisioned a comfortable, colorful and fun area. We wanted a place where kids could romp and play freely without worrying about sharp corners or hard edges.

With the help of a grant from Hyde and Watson, we commissioned these delightful pieces of furniture for our waiting rooms.

school of fish bench

whale bench

shark cushion

In addition, the work of Betty Bryden will brighten the walls of our new home. Betty, an artist based in Montrose PA, has long been a friend to The Floating Hospital.

These images offer a sneak peek of Betty’s work that will be on display at our new clinic. Although land-based since 2003, our nautical roots remain a central theme in our décor.



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Because healthcare should ideally be an uplifting experience, The Floating Hospital is committed to ensuring that murals and other artwork continue to be a part of our patients’ experience.

Since 1866, The Floating Hospital is the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families. We provide free transport to and from over 300 shelters and domestic violence safe houses throughout New York City.

The Floating Hospital operates a main clinic in Long Island City. Additionally, we have satellite clinics at shelters, public housing, and assessment centers throughout the city.