Third suicide from new Manhattan tourist attraction

A 21-year-old man killed himself Monday by jumping from the top of a New York City structure known as the Vessel, the third suicide at Manhattan’s newest landmark.


The latest suicide was a man who was wanted in San Antonio, Texas, for killing his mother, it was reported on Tuesday. Other than his name, Franklin Washington, no further details were released.

The sordid nature of this death doesn’t change the tragedy of the first two suicides from the structure.

On December 22, a Brooklyn woman jumped to her death from the West 33rd Street tourist attraction after writing a note to be posted on social media the day after her suicide.

“If you’re reading this, I’m gone,” Yocheved Gourarie, 24, wrote in the post. “I hope you can find some comfort in knowing I am no longer in pain.”

Yocheved had suffered from anorexia and depression since she was 12 years old.

Second suicide at Vessel
Yocheved Gourarie

The first suicide from the Hudson Yards structure was a 19-year-old former high-school rugby star who jumped last February.

Peter DeSalvo, a Sacred Heart University freshman from Basking Ridge, NJ, was described by his coach as a “tough kid, not afraid of anything” and the most unlikely person to commit suicide.

The teen was by himself when he climbed on a railing and jumped from the sixth floor of the structure.

He left no note and his family said they had no idea why he killed himself.

First suicide from Vessel
Peter De Salvo

The $200-million honeycomb-like tourist attraction opened in March 2019. It rises 16 stories and has 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to view the city. Disabled people objected to it for not being wheelchair-accessible.

Critics have described it as a monstrosity and an eyesore. Now, many are calling it a destination for death.

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2,500 steps to death

A young woman climbed 2,500 steps to the top of the ‘Stairway to Nowhere’ and jumped to her death.

Yocheved Gourarie, 24, of Brooklyn suffered from anorexia and depression since she was 12 years old. Her body was found this week at the bottom of the 16-story tourist attraction The Vessel on Manhattan’s west side.


Before taking the subway from her home in Crown Heights into Manhattan, Yocheved wrote a suicide note to family and friends that she arranged to be posted on Instagram the day after her death.

“Anorexia continues to plague me, I hope you can find some comfort in knowing I am no longer in pain. I love you.”

Anorexia, a psychological fear of gaining weight that results in a dangerously low body weight, kills more than 2.4 million people every year in the United States.


Yocheved, who had a bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience, said she “spent years hiding my truth from the world, save for a select few family members and friends, and still more years in complete silence, certain that I was doomed to live out my days trapped in hell.”

She credited the National Eating Disorders Association — — for helping her cope with the disease, and spent two months at the Center for Change in Utah, a residential treatment facility for women, calling it a wonderful experience.

But in the end, the only way to free herself from the pain was at the top of the stairway to nowhere.

2500 steps to death

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