Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Beyonce, Jay-Z leave Lenox Hill Hospital
Vehicle believed to be carrying Beyonce and Jay-Z and their newborn daughter exits Lenox Hill Hospital loading dock early Tuesday.
New parents Beyonce and Jay-Z and their bouncing bundle of joy, baby Blue, left Lenox Hill Hospital Tuesday, officials there confirmed.
A procession of vehicles with blacked-out windows made a speedy exit from the upper East Side hospital’s side gate in the wee hours of Tuesday, witnesses said.
Two black SUVs motored quickly out of the facility’s E. 76th St. loading dock at 1:30 a.m.
Moments later, a van parked on a nearby corner reversed into the same loading dock, and the large roll-down gate closed.
The gate reopened a few minutes later and the van drove out, turned the wrong way on the one-way 76th St., and then headed north on Park Ave.
One of the two SUVs blocked traffic on Park Ave. so the van would not be impeded.
The second SUV pulled in behind the van, apparently to prevent anyone from following the music icons and their newborn daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
It was “very precise, very military-like,” one witness said.
“Immediately, security personnel began leaving the hospital.”
Beyonce, 30, checked into the hospital Friday night using the name Ingrid Jackson, a hospital staffer told the Daily News.
The couple brought their own bodyguards.
The child was born Saturday night on the sixth floor, near the neonatal intensive-care unit, sources said.
Lenox Hill staffers, speaking anonymously, told The News that Beyonce and Jay-Z paid $1.3 million to seal off and redecorate a wing at the facility.
Several new parents said they were delayed for hours in seeing their newborns by the couple’s security guards.
Lenox Hill Hospital dismissed these reports, saying in a statement, “The family does have its own security detail on site. However, the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security.
Lenox Hill also said the “Crazy in Love” singer and her husband, whose real name is Shawn Carter, were in an “executive suite” and billed the standard rate for that type of accommodation.
“Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family,” hospital spokesman Frank Danza said.