435 East 14th Street (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police said that a 53-year-old man jumped from the roof of 435 East 14th Street around noon on Thursday, June 6. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stuy Town-Peter Cooper Village general manager Rick Hayduk said at the scene that management and the police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened but at the time that the man appeared to be a visitor of the building and not a resident. Police could not confirm if the man lived in Stuyvesant Town, but a source who didn’t want to be identified due to privacy concerns told Town & Village that the victim had been a resident of 445 East 14th Street since 2003.
The incident was reported by a 911 caller at 12:10 p.m. Police are not releasing information about the identity of the victim because it was a suicide and the NYPD does not usually release identifying information in these cases. The cause of death has not been officially confirmed, however, so the investigation is still ongoing.
Brooklyn resident Emily Krell said that she and her daughter happened to be walking by on East 14th Street when the man appeared to either jump or fall from one of the buildings.
Citi Bike robbery suspects
By Sabina Mollot
Cops are looking for a group of teenagers who robbed a man for his Citi Bike on East 14th Street.
The victim, a 23-year-old man, told police he was riding his Citi Bike on June 4 at around 9 p.m. on First Avenue when he stopped on 14th Street to get something to eat.
When he left his bike to go inside Halal Guys at 307 East 14th Street, he saw a group of teens try to take the bike. The victim confronted them and was able to grab the bike back at first, but was struck on the head by one of the teens and he dropped it. The group then fled with the bike, heading west on East 15th Street towards Second Avenue. Police later found the Citi Bike nearby.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
Community Board 6 Housing, Homeless and Human Rights committee chair Carin van der Donk, Audacia Ray, Michael Cohen, Angela Fernandez, Council Member Mark Levine, Calee Prindle and Franck Joseph (Photo courtesy of Community Board 6)
Community Board 6 hosted a panel on the prevention of hate crimes at the end of last month, shortly before the de Blasio administration announced that the newly-formed Office of Hate Crime Prevention will be opening sooner than anticipated.
Councilmember Mark Levine, who represents Northern Manhattan and sponsored the legislation to open the office, announced on Tuesday that the office would be opening this summer. It was originally scheduled to open in November.
“The epidemic of hate crimes sweeping across the country is a national crisis,” Levine said. “We have an obligation to guarantee the safety and security of every community that calls New York home.”
At the forum held at Baruch College on May 20, Levine thanked CB6’s Housing, Homeless and Human Rights committee for writing a resolution in support of the legislation regarding hate crimes prevention and education, the first board in the city to do so. CB6 adopted the resolution supporting the bill at the full board meeting in March.