Man takes fatal leap in Stuyvesant Town

Oct25 Suicide cops

Police and FDNY response to the scene. (Photo by Sugi Tabero)

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday afternoon, a 66-year-old man jumped from a building in Stuyvesant Town.

Police were alerted by a few people calling 911 at 3:20 p.m. and the area behind 16 Stuyvesant Oval was taped off by police and responders from the FDNY. The man was declared dead at the scene.

A resident walking by the building, who wanted to remain anonymous, pointed out that this was the latest in a disturbing pattern.

“I’m 65 and I’m shaking,” she said. “It’s a bit much.”

Her comments were in reference to the fact that in March of this year, there were two suicides in one day in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. One was a 76-year-old woman who jumped from her First Avenue building and the other an 18-year-old who died from chemical fumes in his East 14th Street apartment after leaving a note. In January, a 47-year-old man jumped from his building on East 14th Street.

In response to the incident, Rick Hayduk, Stuyvesant Town general manager said, “Such an event is always saddening; our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased.”

 

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