Body Found at 116th in Riverside Park

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A dead body was found hanging from a tree in Riverside Park this evening, between 115th and 116th. An NYPD officer on the scene told Bwog that the body belongs to a man in his thirties who is unaffiliated with Columbia.

A person passing through the park noticed the body and alerted the police around 7:45 pm. The incident is being treated as a suicide. We’re told that Public Safety stopped by earlier but will take no further action, since the person has no affiliation with Columbia. Only the NYPD will handle the case.

We extend our condolences to the victim’s friends and family, and ask that commenters use the space respectfully.

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  1. what was his race?

    and what does he look like?

  2. Anonymous

    Oh dear. The poor guy--RIP.

    This trend is worrying me.

  3. Anonymous

    "we ask that commenters use the space respectfully"

    since when does bwog care about political correctness? people spew hatred and vitriol on this blog all day long, and the moderators say absolutely nothing. why now?

  4. SKJ

    Living right in the neighborhood, we saw all the police and ambulances and saw the tree and the body, at 8:05PM, about 20 minutes after he was discovered. We went home shortly after. The strangest thing then: we went for a walk at around 10:30, into the park, and the body was still on the ground, uncovered, guarded by one patrol car, who's headlights were on the body. Just a body, and two patrolmen in their squad car. The medical examiner showed up at around 10:45, and he was loaded into the ME van and taken away, followed by the squad car.

    He appeared to be a homeless man. Sad.

    • Anonymous  

      I ran by the scene around 9pm. There were about four parked squad cars and twice as many police officers, including one in a suit. The body was covered with a white tarp and barricaded with yellow police tape. It seems odd to me that the body was subsequently uncovered while waiting for the medical examiner. A very sad incident indeed.

  5. Anonymous

    Did you know four times more men than women commit suicide ? I guess that's what feminists mean by "male privilege"

  6. Anonymous

    I live in that area and saw it. Very very sad R.I.P :(

  7. Anonymous  

    Women make more suicide attempts than men. Men are just more "successful" at those attempts since they have a tendency to use means like guns, hanging, etc. whereas women have a tendency to use pills, etc.

    For either sex, there is no privilege if you are considering suicide. It's just sad that anyone feels so desperate that is the answers.

  8. Anonymous

    A lot of women who make "suicide attempts" are not actually trying to kill themselves. Some do it for attention. The point is that a suicide attempt and trying to kill yourself are not the same thing.

  9. Anonymous  

    How come Spec didn't even cover this news?

  10. Anonymous  

    It is depressing that there have been several deaths in our neighborhood in the last nine months, including three suicides and three homicides.

    Does CPS offer free hugs? Does one need to take an appointment?

    • hey hey

      Has anybody questioned what psychological good free hugs actually do? They're fun and no doubt they're appealing to admins because of low overhead. (Add to that free food, free cupcakes, and free random acts of kindness.) But it all sounds like superficial, if not patronizing, bandaids that the wellness project is attempting to peddle as self-care and mental health support. Excuse my French, but how the fuck are thirty minutes of puppies per semester supposed to sooth the harsh realities of suicide and depression?

      • Anonymous


      • Doggies

        are wonderful. No, they do not solve the problems of the world, or even the problems on the Columbia Campus. However, they do offer a distraction and a relief at a very stressful time. Given the reception they received, many people think so too. The SWP offers more than band aids. They are trying to educate a community about mental health.

      • SWP Volunteer

        Obviously it differs from person to person, but the physical self is very much linked to the mental self, and small acts that may seem superficial on the surface can go a long way in shifting someone's attitude or brightening their mood, even if just for a day, and that in itself can have a valid effect on a person's psyche. The point of Random Acts of Kindness Week was to celebrate the small ways we can do to make each other feel better, happier, and more connected. I volunteered on Free Hugs Day, and although the majority of people admittedly passed us without a second glance, a notable number of people accepted my hugs gratefully, others (older people, I noticed) laughed and thanked us with airs of warm surprise, and several strangers actually came up to us and hugged us tightly without a single word. If we met even a single person who desperately needed that hug, then it was worth it. It didn't cure mental illness on campus, nor was everything happiness and sunshine forevermore, nor were we expecting to. The message of the week (delivered with a bit of irony, I acknowledge) was to encourage people to give themselves and others small doses of happiness as often as possible, not just once or twice a year. Of course, there needs to be a shift (possibly a complete overhaul) in the way Columbia systematically addresses mental and physical health on campus, but there's a lot of power in simple acts, too. If you have any good ideas on what SWP could work on, please feel welcome to contact any of the heads or members.

      • Anonymous

        what I really liked about the puppy thing was that it showed that our community is trying to create ways for people to relieve stress and build community. It was a very nice gesture, even though I didn't actually attend the puppy petting ( I don't like crowds).

  11. Anonymous

    Guys, if you want to make the campus less sad and depressing, don't wait for the puppies to do it for you. Fix it yourselves.

    Why don't we all try to be less wrapped up in ourselves and start caring for each other? It's possible. Beneath all our layers of cynicism I think we're all just trying to connect.

    • Anonymous

      I was going to respond something like "lol yea ok," but then I realized I was just being cynical out of my long-repressed desire for connection. This comment is sort of serious, but it's also sort of a cold attempt to meta mock you. Columbia gets you twisted like that.

  12. AFamilyMember

    This man wasn't homeless. He had a family that cared about him and tried to help him. Unfortunately, he gave up on life before he could get that help. RIP..

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