The Vessel Has Closed Again After a Fourth Suicide

Related’s earlier measures didn’t prevent the latest death.

7/30/2021 4:21:00 PM

Stephen Ross, the billionaire behind Hudson Yards, says he may close the Vessel for good following a fourth suicide at the sculpture

Related’s earlier measures didn’t prevent the latest death.

After that suicide, in which a 21-year-old man jumped over one of the railings, the Related Companies (which owns and manages Hudson Yards) announced several measures: It posted signs with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number at the entrance and along the walkways, added similar messaging to the tickets, and banned people from entering alone. The company also started charging $10 to enter the sculpture, tripled staff and security, added screening to “detect risky behaviors,” a spokesperson said. But Related did not raise the height of the railings around the structure.

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Critics flagged the railings, which are only chest-high, as a suicide risk as soon as the design was unveiled in 2016, and the local community board has been pushing for them to be raised since the first death in February 2020. Doing so could particularly help deter younger people, who tend to make the decision to take their own lives impulsively. But when the Vessel reopened in May, Related told the New York Times that it had no plans to rework the barriers. Today Stephen Ross, the billionaire behind Hudson Yards, told the Daily Beast that he may close the Vessel altogether, saying, “We thought we did everything that would really prevent this.”

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide or self-harm, or is anxious, depressed, upset, or needs to talk, contact the following people who want to help:Crisis Text Line: Text CRISIS to 741741 for free, confidential crisis counseling.The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 headtopics.com

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SteveKopack Omg they will jump off of something else or find another 1 of the millions ways to kill themselves its ridiculous SteveKopack This is a lot of little, a lot of late. Sadly emblematic of the monstrosity that the Hudson Yards is. Lots of development — but not for residents, just to line the pockets of short-sighted, couldn’t-care-less-about-the-average-joe billionaires. The worst of NYC on full display.

This is flabbergasting to me. We were there a few days before the 3rd suicide last yr. The glass 'barriers' are about 4' high. There is NOTHING stopping anyone from jumping over the railing. The min. we got there, the first thing that entered my mind was 'easy suicide attraction' I can’t believe he basically said they did all they could when it’s clear things could be done to the structure to prevent suicides, but they don’t want to be bothered. If you don’t already hate Hudson Yards, this NYT article will make you:

Why not make the glass much taller and Unscalable? That the developers didn't forsee the danger speaks to the privilege lens that informed the whole project

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