Dr. Eric Manheimer trained at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, stitching up the arms of looters whose skin had been slashed while stealing TV sets through the broken glass of shattered storefronts in the infamous 1977 blackout.
Forty years later, two floors of that hospital are being used to film scenes from “New Amsterdam,” the NBC medical drama about the unorthodox medical supervisor of a New York hospital patterned on Bellevue where Manheimer, 69, ruled supreme from 1997 to 2012.
“We had lots of weird TB, all kinds of oddball HIV,” Manheimer says. “We were the disaster capital for other things, too. Obviously, 9/11. But if there were shootings or other things that went off in the city that caused problems, Bellevue was the place.”