Edited by: TJVNews.com
Tragedy struck a Midtown Manhattan tourist attraction on Thursday afternoon when it was reported that a 14-year old boy leaped to his untimely death from the Vessel at Hudson Yards on West Side of the city. This suicide marks the fourth one that has occurred at upscale venue in the two years since it opened to the public.
The name of the boy who took his life is not being released, according to a New York Post report.
NYPD officers and other sources close to the case told the Post that just before 1 pm, the boy threw himself off the eighth story of the Vessel structure, located at 10th Avenue and West 33rd Street in front of his family and was pronounced dead just after 1 pm.
The New Jersey boy was at the Vessel with this parents, sister and grandmother at the time that he suddenly jumped and according to the Post report said nothing in the moments before he leaped to his death. The boy’s family declined to comment.
In a statement sent to the media, Kimberly Winston, a spokesperson for Hudson Yards said: “We are heartbroken by this tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of the young person who lost his life. We are conducting a full investigation. The Vessel is currently closed.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, Stephen Ross, the billionaire developer of the structure said that he is considering the possibility of closing the Vessel to the public for an indeterminate amount of time in the aftermath of this latest tragic suicide there, as was reported by the New York Post.
The Post reported that Ross said, “We thought we did everything that would really prevent this. It’s hard to really fathom how something like that could happen.”
Witnesses at the scene of the boy’s death were both shocked and deeply saddened at the sight of the carnage. The Post reported that across the street from the Vessel, construction worker Anthony DeMayo heard the heartbreaking “bang” when the boy hit the ground.
Speaking to the Post, DeMayo said, “That’s not a sound I’ll ever forget. It’s horrifying that this keeps happening. You can see looking at the barriers that they’re easy enough to climb over.”
Irina Popov, a tourist from Massachusetts, agreed that there are only so many precautions that can be put in place.
“Once you’re inside nobody makes you stay close to your buddy,” said Irina Popov, a tourist from Massachusetts who was visiting the Vessel. “There are a couple of security guards on every level, but if you want to jump there’s no way anyone can really stop you, she told the Post. She concluded that despite the many precautions put in place to prevent such a colossal tragedy, not much more can be done to prevent this from ever happening again.
This year alone, the Vessel, which is a 150-foot vertical sculpture, was closed to the public following a string of suicides. In January of 2021, the Post reported that a 21-year-old man jumped to his death from the Vessel and was under suspicion in the fatal stabbing of his mother in Texas.
In December of 2020, the Post reported that a woman jumped to her death from atop the Vessel. The woman was in her 20s and jumped from the tourist attraction just before 11:45 am Her identity was not released.
In February of 2020, the Post reported that a 19-year-old former rugby star from New Jersey also jumped to his death from the elaborate structure that has drawn tourists the world over. The Vessel was opened in March 2019.
The Vessel reopened in May of this year, according to the Post. The report indicated that no changes were made by the owner to “affect the aesthetics.” Rather, visitors were required to have at least one of more companions, as part of a comprehensive safety plan. The Post reported that also implemented for safety purposes were “screening procedures to detect high-risk behaviors.”
In his interview with the Daily Beast, developer Ross said that a constant presence of security personnel on each level of the Vessel were there to monitor people who appeared to be in distress or behaving in a worrisome manner.
The Post reported that he noted that “ a family of five doesn’t fit any profile.”