Related companies closed the vessel, a sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick in the Hudson Yards megaproject, after a third party committed suicide by jumping from a structure.
The developer is working with suicide prevention experts to prevent such events from happening in the future, the New York Times reported. In the meantime, the attraction will be “temporarily closed,” said a spokesman for Related.
On Monday, a 21-year-old man jumped out of the structure to his death. It was the third suicide on a ship since it opened almost two years ago, after the death of a 19-year-old man last Februaryand a 24-year-old woman on December 22.
Heatherwick statue, which reportedly costs about $ 200 million, is a series of 154 interconnected staircases and 80 platforms and is about 150 feet high. On both sides of the staircase there are plexiglass barriers that lead to the upper part of the structure, but reach only the height of the chest at the highest points.
Lowell Kern, chairman of the community board at Manhattan 4, told the Times that the group would like the height of these barriers to increase to prevent future deaths.
“That’s the only thing that will work,” he said. Related said that according to Kern, all new preventive measures will be implemented by the community council before their implementation.
Other monuments have introduced such measures in an effort to prevent people from living in their lives. The Empire State Building has a suicide barrier around the observation deck. At the George Washington Bridge, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey installed 11 feet long fence, along with a net.
A similar measure is planned for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island, although its implementation has been postponed, dismay lawmakers who want fencing to be built immediately.
Those with suicidal ideation are encouraged to call the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or the Emergency Response Line at 741-741.
[NYT] – Amy Plitt