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.
“I heard a shriek from above and then he crashed to the ground,” Krell said. “(It was) unclear if he jumped or fell, but I think he came from fairly high up. The sound of the impact was shockingly loud.”
This is the second time in recent months that someone appears to have died by suicide by jumping out of a building in Stuyvesant Town, following an incident on Monday, April 22 when a 60-year-old man was found dead outside 647 East 14th Street early that morning. Police said in that case that the man had jumped out of a sixth-floor window.
Hayduk noted after the most recent incident that given the high population in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, it is likely that there are residents in distress who need help and might not know where to get it, but he noted that management has resources that residents can turn to.
“We have a social worker on staff who is a Mount Sinai employee and she can refer people in need to the right resources,” Hayduk said. “With 28,000 residents living here, we’re almost psychologists in trying to think about the person and what’s behind how everyone is feeling.”
Note: This story has been updated to include the victim’s address.