Two deaths, believed to be suicides, in one day in ST/PCV

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350 First Avenue (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

On Sunday, two people died in what appear to be suicides, one in Peter Cooper Village, the other in Stuyvesant Town.

At 8 a.m., police responded to 350 First Avenue, where a 76-year-old woman had plunged to the ground. It was unclear if she had jumped from a window or the roof, but she couldn’t be saved, police said.

At 12:25 p.m., after getting a call about an emotionally disturbed person at 451 East 14th Street, an 18-year-old man was found dead at the scene, the FDNY said. Another person at the location was taken to NYU Hospital in serious condition. Police believe the death was related to chemical fumes, specifically sulphuric acid, that the young man had inhaled. He’d also left behind a note to an associate expressing his intention to harm himself, police said. Police didn’t have information on the person who was taken to the hospital.

Neighbors discussing the tragedies on the ST-PCV Tenants Association’s Facebook page brought up local organizations and efforts aimed at reaching out to seniors and those who are isolated, like Dorot and Samaritans NYC, respectively.

In response to the incidents, Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, said “We too are distraught over the events of Sunday. The community grieves with the deceased’s family and friends; our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them.”

He added that StuyTown Property Services employs a full-time social worker from Mount Sinai Beth Israel who can be found at the Community Center at 449 East 14th Street. The social worker is available for confidential resident consultation.

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4 thoughts on “Two deaths, believed to be suicides, in one day in ST/PCV

    • There’s no question that the huge numbers of students living in buildings in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village and the constant turnover of apartments that come with having students live here have negatively impacted our overall quality of life. Many of the undergraduates, in particular, have shown themselves to lack the necessary maturity required to live on one’s own in an apartment or room that is not under direct, school supervision. However, as clearly shown in this article, people of all ages and stages of life who are in unbearable pain commit suicide. Your lack of compassion for a young person in such distress that he chose to take his own life does not speak well for you.

  1. Who the hell keeps sulfuric acid in their apartment? If this place is going to be turned into a stinking dorm, at least inspect the dorm apartments to make sure there’s nothing dangerous going on. Kids aged 18 don’t have the maturity needed to live off campus and there must have been others who knew he was emotionally disturbed.
    Why anybody would want to move in here these days is beyond me. It’s a nasty, dangerous, unprotected dorm dump.

    • That’s a great point about undergrads- living on their own for the first time. I can’t believe it’s allowed. And in dorms, there is usually much more monitoring and RA’s around- on each floor-for them to talk to if they need help or advice.. but also to crack down on noise, drugs ( especially ones that have a smell), partying and things like puke…

      It’s a great way for them to naturally transition out of the thumb of parents- having that kind of guidance and supervision is necessary.. and we don’t have the resources for that here. Also, we have people of all ages, including older adults and kids who have much earlier bedtimes usually and in the dorms, everyone is more likely to be on the same page.

      Also- if you don’t live there, you have to be signed in and show id, which keeps much better track of who is in the building.

      We don’t have doormen or security at our entrances from the street.. so any random person can be here.. drunk, on drugs, erc

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