I need to correct this article. Since writing this I have found out more facts and am hoping to rectify my inaccuracies. I wrote this article because I couldn’t and still can’t believe that it has not been reported. This was a tragic event, that affected many. Suicide is at an all time high and I wanted to shed some light on this. The man who tragically passed away was not a resident. He was a dog walker for one of the residents and the dog is fine.
Carol Hollenbeck wrote me and stated “I live at Manhattan Plaza as you know, the poor man who committed suicide in the tenth ave’ building was not a resident. He did not live here. He was dog sitting and the dog was not with him when he passed. As far as we all know the dog is fine and the resident who was out of town, was called back. I will let you know more soon.”
Another person wrote. “The young man was not a resident of Manhattan Plaza. He was a dog walker for one of the residents. He was the kindest, sweetest, and most generous person you could ever know. He volunteered to serve as security at homeless shelters, worked the food lines at church pantries for the destitute, and gave freely to charity. He loved the theater, sports, and animals. (He did NOT leap to his death with a dog.) He adopted strays, whether horses, dogs or goats, and worked as a carriage driver in Central Park and delighted tourists with the most entertaining spiels about the city he loved. However, he was bi-polar and struggled with severe bouts of depression. His beloved mother died a month or so ago, just as the pandemic was taking hold and it also closed the stables so he was separated from the work and the horses that he loved. It all proved too much. May God rest his immortal soul.”
And the person who posted photos should be arrested or treated as the pariah he or she is.
My heart goes out to all those who knew this young man. I have made the corrections in the article and please if you know someone struggling with depression during this time use the link and numbers to get them help. We all need to be on each others sides at this time.
Thank-you to those who reached out to me, so this story could be corrected.
Did anyone hear about the suicide at Manhattan Plaza? It isn’t being reported in the news and I find that troubling. I did find some reports of this on facebook.
We are deeply saddened to hear of a death by suicide at Manhattan Plaza this evening. If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741-741.
I am a member of an on-line newsletter for Hell’s Kitchen called Nextdoor. A day ago this was posted. “I was out walking my dog. I saw a bunch of police cars and ambulances and asked a police officer what happened because 10th Avenue was closed and I needed to get home.” They said someone committed suicide. 9th Avenue on 43rd is open but it’s horrifying. Does anyone know more details? It’s so scary.”
The thread went on to say “according to neighbors who spoke to security a man climbed up on the roof, setting off the alarm, and then jumped. He landed on the far East side of the entrance to 484 W 43rd St. As far as I could tell it was a tall, Caucasian male.”
On going the thread stated; “very sad and what’s even more tragic is someone apparently who witnessed it, took photos and posted them….what kind of world do we live in? This makes me cry…. I have tried to find the pictures to find out what was going on as this was not showing up on any news feed.
From the thread, I know it happened sometime around 5:30 on Sunday. Ironically some of this has played out like Dear Evan Hanson.
I write about this because suicide seems to be on the rise since March 12th and yet we are not talking about this. Mental health is fragile and there is help. If you know of anyone who is struggling click here for guidance.
We need to keep our first responders in prayer as psychological risks to hospital staffs grow as at least four have been reported to have died by suicide.
My View: Barrington Stage Co. on 42nd Street Oct. 30 For Its Gala at Green Room 42
The evening of cocktails, dinner, and cabaret show headlined by Billy Stritch celebrates the inaugural season of newly appointed Artistic Director Alan Paul and Managing Director Lynsey Shade.
Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Julianne Boyd New Works Fund.
Mary Ann and Bruno Quinson are presenting the event which is sponsored in part by Rhoda Levitt. Eda Sorokoff is Chair with Violet Eagan & Rosita Sarnoff Co-Chairs
Since its inception in 1995, Barrington Stage (BSC) has produced 41 new works, 21 of which have moved on to New York and major regional theatres around the country.
BSC believes that new work is the heart and soul of theatre. If theatre is to thrive and create meaningful and new experiences for audiences, then it is vital to support playwrights and their visions of the world we live in.
BSC’s New Works Fund takes a two-pronged approach – PlayWorks supports the creation of new plays while our acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab develops new musicals. In both of these programs, BSC seeks artists whose unique voices speak to our audiences with relevant new plays and musicals. BSC hopes our new work will ask questions of the world we live in – questions that may not have answers but will begin a dialogue between the artists and our audiences.
T2C Remembers 9/11
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th’s terrorist attacks. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost and many of the first responders/firefighters who survived the terror attacks still have to fight every year for funding to make sure medical bills are covered. For the heroes of 9/11, money will run out once again in 2025.
A flag has been unfurled at the site each year celebrating the bravery that was on display from first responders as well as countless Good Samaritans who jumped into action that day. Ron DeSantis, Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani, Douglas Emhoff, Mayor Eric Adams, Donald Trump and Melania Trump attended the in a moment of silence. Joe Biden decided a ceremony on a military base in Anchorage was more important so he send Kamala Harris.
The museum will also be closed to the public throughout the day, open only for the families of 9/11 victims.
At 3 p.m, the Memorial Plaza opens to the public, where people can view the Tribute in Light, which is lit until midnight. The tribute can be seen for 60-miles.
The Empire State Building, will light up in blue that evening to mark the anniversary of the attacks.
The NYC Fire Museum at 278 Spring Street had a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. It will take place in the museum’s permanent memorial dedicated to the 343 FDNY members who lost their lives on 9/11.
The museum also features a new exhibition, One Day in September, recognizing the courageous efforts of first responders on 9/11 through a portrait series, personal artifacts, and short interviews with first responders’ family members. The exhibition is on view until Oct. 2, 2022.
We honor the life of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11 after he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center with 60 pounds of gear strapped to his back.
Today we think back and never forget those we lost and those who so bravely fought to save lives.
Migrants Are Still Pouring Into NYC and Are Causing a Strain on New Yorkers, Police and The System
There were over 2,300 new migrants that came into the city seeking shelter last week alone. So far the total is over 100,000, who are overwhelming a shelter system designed to hold tens of thousands people not hundreds of thousands..
A shocking new report say at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street more than 41 migrants have been arrested and of course let go to thanks to DA Alvin Bragg lenient policies. A lot of these abuses are domestic violence or crimes against the police.
Daniel Hernandez Martinez, an immigrant from Venezuela has committed 14 crimes in his first two months in New York City. The 29-year-old has been booked and arrested 6 times by the police. Daniel arrived in NYC on June 27, 2023, and committed his first crime the same day. Following on, he has randomly attacked at least 3 strangers and two cops and has gotten arrested and released consequently at least 6 times. “He’s been wreaking havoc,” said a cop who has been on the force for more than 20 years. The officer continued on how the migrant influx was causing a lot of crimes in the state, most of them being violent. “This is not an isolated incident. These migrants are getting arrested quite often here, and we really don’t know who they are. They really don’t have ID. They’re not being vetted properly, but some of them are committing some of the most violent crimes here.”
Besides at The Roosevelt.
A 20-year-old migrant woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly slapping an NYPD officer who was attempting to confiscate her unregistered motorbike in front of the Stratford Arms Hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The woman — who also had been arrested in July for allegedly attacking her boyfriend — was freed without bail the next day, as per state law.
Did you know New York City has a unique court-ordered obligation to provide emergency shelter to anyone who asks for it?
Another staggering statistic is that 1.2MILLION US born workers lost their jobs during between July and August, and have been replaced by 688,000 foreign born staff as migrants flood across the border. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, foreign-born people are those residing in the United States who were not US citizens at birth, and do not have parents who are U.S. citizens.
If we are not careful American born citizens are going to lose much more than our jobs.
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Escape To Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffett, the singer, songwriter, author, sailor and entrepreneur whose roguish brand of island escapism on hits like “Margaritaville” and “Fins” made him something of a latter-day folk hero, especially among his devoted following of so-called Parrot Heads, died on Friday. He was 76.
His musical, Escape to Margaritaville, opened at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway on March 15 under the direction of Tony winner Christopher Ashley. The production closed on July 1 after 29 previews and 124 regular performances. A national tour launched in Providence, Rhode Island, in the fall of 2019.
Of the over 30 albums Buffett released, eight are certified gold and nine are certified platinum or multiplatinum.
Aside from his career in music, Buffett was involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best-known songs; he owned Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain.
After entering hospice care just five days prior, Buffett died on September 1, 2023, at his home in Sag Harbor, New York, at the age of 76 from skin cancer (diagnosed in 2019) that had turned into lymphoma.
Broadway For Biden Stars Josh Groban, Ben Platt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and More With The President Attending
On Monday night, September 18, Broadway is having a fundraising concert for President Joe Biden. A whose who of Theater’s biggest stars including; Josh Groban, Annaleigh Asfrord, Ben Platt, Sara Bareilles, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Aaron Tveitt, Leslie Odom Jr.,Laura Benanti, Josh Gad, Alex Edelman, Christopher Jackson, LaChanze, Ruthie Ann Miles and Andrew Rannells will be performing. The president himself will be in attendance.
This one-night-only concert fundraiser is being hosted by Broadway producers and supporters Jeffrey Seller, Thomas Kail, Luz & Luis Miranda, Bruce Cohen & Gabe Catone, Tom Healy & Fred P. Hochberg, Barbara Marcin & Orin Kramer, Stacey & Eric Mindich, Karen & Gary Rose, Janet & Marvin Rosen, Alexandra & Eric Schoenberg, Ted Snowdon & Duffy Violante, Henry Tisch & Sean Walsh.
Broadway for Biden is being described by organizers as both a celebration of Biden’s political career and “a call to action, emphasizing the importance of his reelection in 2024.”
Though the theatre has not been announced, tickets range from $250 for rear mezzanine seats to $7,500 for orchestra center front.
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