NEW YORK: The Safest Place In Town

It takes 5,500 doctors, nurses, orderlies and laborers to operate Manhattan's vast (four square blocks), city-run Bellevue Hospital; 3,140 patients occupy beds in its endless wards and rooms, and 300 more get emergency treatment every day for physical and emotional injuries incurred in the great city's endless conflicts and accidents. Bellevue's dingy, echoing waiting room, a place of long, hard benches and endless anxious faces, is always crowded.

Looking it over one day early this year, a hard-eyed little dope peddler named

Mariano Rubino decided that Bellevue would be the safest place in town for his headquarters. Every morning at 10:30,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!