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.