Man dead outside East 14th Street building in Stuy Town

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.

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Man found dead outside Stuy Town building

647 East 14th Street

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A 60-year-old man was found dead outside 647 East 14th Street in Stuyvesant Town around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, and is believed to have jumped out of an apartment on the sixth floor of the building.

Police said that while it appears to be a suicide, an investigation is ongoing. Emergency services personnel found the victim face down and unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification.

Man killed by L train at First Avenue station

Feb21 First Avenue L train station entrance closeup

L train at First Avenue (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A 36-year-old man committed suicide by jumping in front of an L train at the First Avenue station on Monday evening, the NYPD said. 

According to an NYPD spokesperson, the train operator saw the man standing on the Eighth Avenue-bound platform as the train was pulling into the station around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15. The operator observed the victim jump off the platform as the train arrived, and he was found in between the train cars.

The NYPD is withholding the name of the victim pending family notification.

Service on the L was halted between Bedford Avenue and Eighth Avenue for about two hours after the incident, causing delays in L train service in both directions during the evening rush hour.

The MTA announced via Twitter that third-rail power was restored at First Avenue by 7 p.m. and service was restored by 7:30 p.m. with residual delays.

VA taking aim at veteran suicides

Suicide prevention coordinator Kate Mostkoff and clinical psychologist Mia Ihm, PhD, at the Manhattan VA (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

From January 22-25, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been engaging in a nationwide suicide prevention effort, with the various facilities, including Manhattan VA on East 23rd Street, hoping to reach out to veterans who wouldn’t normally show up at their doors.

This is because 20 veterans die by suicide each day and out of those 20, 14 haven’t been seeking services at the VA.

Meanwhile, the VA has developed the most comprehensive suicide prevention program in the entire country, according to suicide prevention coordinator Kate Mostkoff and Mia Ihm, PhD, a clinical psychologist, who both work at the Manhattan hospital. A VA system-wide veterans crisis line gets hundreds of calls each day, with on average two or three of those calls being routed to the Manhattan VA on weekdays, and even more on weekends. This makes the Manhattan campus one of the busier recipients of such calls and the hospital is required to respond to those calls within 24 hours. The line, staffed by veterans and family members, can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1).

When responding to callers, it’s usually recommended that the caller follow up to determine if the problem is PTSD related. “Sometimes a hospital stay is required,” said Mostkoff, “usually brief” at a mental health outpatient clinic for common problems such as substance abuse, anxiety or depression.

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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.”

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Man fatally struck by L train at First Avenue

July28 L train people waiting

Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A man died after being struck by an L train as it barreled into First Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, whose name wasn’t released, had been leaning over the tracks just after noon, police said, before the Eighth Avenue-bound train struck him. According to one source, the man jumped, but police said the investigation is ongoing. The Daily News said the victim was a New York University student.

L train service was canceled in both directions after the incident, resuming a couple of hours later with delays.

Man fatally struck by L train at Union Square

Feb26 L Train

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A man was hit by a train and killed at the Union Square station on Wednesday afternoon, causing the MTA to suspend service along the L line from Eighth Avenue to Bedford Avenue just before the evening rush. The FDNY received a call at 4:03 p.m. and a spokesperson for the department said that the victim was dead by the time they arrived. The man was hit by a Brooklyn-bound train but service was suspended in both directions.

The investigation is ongoing but a spokesperson for the NYPD said preliminary information shows that the victim jumped onto the tracks. As of 5 p.m., trains were still not running between Manhattan and Brooklyn but service was restored by 5:20 p.m. with residual delays. Commuters were advised to use M14A and M14D local bus service as an alternative in Manhattan and the A, C, J and M for service into Brooklyn.

This is the second time in two days that a person has been struck by a train, although the man who jumped onto the tracks at the Fulton Street A/C station yesterday morning survived.

Man leaps to his death at Straus Houses

The incident worried some residents of 344 East 28th Street about roof accessibility. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The incident worried some residents of 344 East 28th Street about roof accessibility. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A 29-year-old resident of the Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street was found dead outside the building in apparent suicide early last Thursday morning. The Daily News reported that the victim was found in the building’s courtyard around 3:08 a.m. A representative from the NYPD said that the man’s injuries were consistent with a fall and the incident is currently being investigated as a suicide.

Tenants Association President Aaron Humphrey said that he was still awake when the man fell, and he called 911 to report the incident. The Daily News had reported that the man jumped from his apartment on the ninth floor. Humphrey noted, though, that based on the location of the victim’s apartment windows and where he was found, it would be impossible for him to have jumped from that window, meaning that he may have jumped from the roof. However, the NYPD could not confirm to Town & Village before press time from where the victim had jumped.

The incident incited concerns about roof accessibility among some tenants, and one resident said that officers from the 13th Precinct informed tenants at a recent meeting that the motion sensor for the roof door had not been on.

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Police Watch: Rogue food cart, masseuses arrested

An NYU medical school graduate who completed his residency recently jumped off the roof of his dorm at 334 East 25th Street on Monday around 2 p.m., police said. Gothamist reported that the man, 26-year-old Sean O’Rourke, plunged 26 stories to his death and was found in the dorm’s parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested a food cart operator on Monday after his cart, which was being towed by the car he was driving, came loose and crashed into the sidewalk and flipped over into a crowded bus stop.
Arturo Garcia, 32, allegedly left the scene at Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street at 12:58 p.m. However, police said he returned 20 minutes later and admitted that the food cart was his. He was arrested for reckless endangerment.



Melissa Morales

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman who was reported missing last Wednesday. Melissa Morales, 31, was last seen on Tuesday, July 7 around 7 p.m. near her apartment at 99 Avenue C at East 7th Street. She is described as 5’7”, approximately 200 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing multi-colored slacks and a t-shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

Police arrested a 12-year-old and 17-year-old for grand larceny in front of 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. The two stole a cell phone, credit card, money and other items from a woman and the teen was found in possession of the cell phone by using the Find My iPhone application. The names of the two perps are being withheld due to their age.

Police arrested 19-year-old Kelith Appolon for forgery last Monday at Union Square West and East 15th Street at 6:58 p.m. Appolon allegedly attempted to use a fraudulent $100 bill to purchase items. After he was arrested, he was found to be in possession of 11 counterfeit $100 bills.

Police arrested multiple masseuses this week for offering rubdowns without a license.
Xiaoli Xu, 52, was arrested in 101 West 17th Street at Pine Tree Health Improvement last Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Xiu Ling Fu, 37, Jian Yi Gao, 26, and Qingling Chai, 36, were arrested inside Qin Spa at 132 East 23rd Street last Thursday at 5:45 p.m. The three masseuses allegedly massaged customers for one hour in exchange for money and could not produce a valid New York State massage license.

Police arrested two men for fraudulent accosting last Wednesday at 4:31 p.m. in front of 246 Fifth Avenue. Jose Fernandez and Kelvin Dunbar, both 54, allegedly approached pedestrians and attempted to sell them fake cell phones.

Police arrested 24-year-old Benjamin Pitman for grand larceny in front of the NoMad Hotel at 1170 Broadway last Saturday at 3:56 a.m. The victim told police he was working security at the hotel when Pitman allegedly grabbed his portable radio from him and fled. The victim then chased him outside and held him until police arrived.

Tory Lugo, 18, was arrested for robbery on East 20th Street last Saturday at 9:05 p.m. Lugo allegedly grabbed the victim around the neck from behind, went into his pockets and tried to take his property.

Police arrested 27-year-old Kevin Vallejo for criminal mischief last Sunday at 3:21 a.m. in front of Tonic at 411 Third Avenue. A security guard told police that he saw Vallejo being removed from the bar by two other guards when Vallejo allegedly grabbed a metal garbage can and threw it at the front window of the bar, causing the glass to break. The manager of the bar said that the damage is about $800 to fix the window.

Police arrested Timothe Fitzgerald, 30, for criminal mischief inside L’express at 249 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 7:12 a.m. Fitzgerald got into an argument with another patron, which allegedly led to him throwing things all over the restaurant, causing damage.

Police arrested 18-year-old Heidi Merk for possession of marijuana in front of 5 Union Square West last Sunday at 12:52 p.m. Merk was allegedly smoking a joint inside the park in public view.

Police arrested Alhassane Dieng in front of 1201 Broadway last Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for forgery. Dieng allegedly displaying seven watches for sale that had a counterfeit trademark for Gucci. A representative for Gucci confirmed that the trademark on the watches was counterfeit.