Tiffany Brodvin, who was in her 30s, was described by neighbors as a ‘quiet and nice’ lady who had been staying with her psychotherapist mom Dr. Susan Kett.
The rehabilitation specialist was often seen holding on to her mother’s hand in the Sutton Place where they lived before the tragedy at around 7:00 am on Tuesday.
Cops were called at 7:14 am to 157 East 57th street where they found her body lying on the sidewalk.
Officers said her wounds were consistent with a fall and she was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Brodvin left behind a suicide note, reports state.
Neighbors said it was not the first death at the upmarket skyscraper, which they dubbed “suicide building”, with another said to have happened just two years ago.
One of the residents said one of the superintendents was very upset and said, “Not again”.
Brodvin was described as “quiet and nice”. She was described by a neighbor as having some type of disability and a “very sweet girl”.
Fernando Molena, 21, who works at a nearby shoe repair store, said: “It’s strange because it happened here two years ago, but maybe just more of a coincidence”.
He continued: “I saw [the victim] last Wednesday. She was friendly and would always wave when she passed the store”.
He said she was a regular customer at Elite Shoe Repair, adding: “Wow. She was a neighbor. I am sad. Now the street isn’t going to feel the same anymore”.
He said he saw her body in the ground outside of the M57 M31 bus stop. He said it was a gruesome scene and he tried to look away.
He said: “I don’t want to see it. I saw the body. It didn’t have a cover on her. She had blonde hair and was wearing a red dress. It seems really strange because you have the canopy of the building so I don’t know how she hit the ground,’ he said pointing to the site outside the building”.
The maintenance man to the building Jovan Porter said the doorman was sent home and he was just waiting until the other doorman arrives.
“I was here really early in the morning I just happened to not be here when she jumped. It’s upsetting I am glad I wasn’t here to see that”, he said.
A longtime resident at the address was also shocked upon learning it was her neighbor, saying: “She had some issues. She lived with her mom and she had a dog”. The woman said she was very close with her mother. She would always see them walking around the streets holding hands or walking with their arms entwined. She added that the mother and daughter had lived in the building for more than 17 years.
Another witness stated that he was sitting on a bench drinking coffee before his work shift at the residential building across the street, when he heard a loud thump and saw a woman’s body hit the pavement.
“It sounded like two cars crashed”, he said. ‘When I see the body on the floor, I said: “Oh my god, what happened? I was very nervous and then I saw all the police coming”.
Joel Cardoza, 31, a parking attendant, who works in the garage a few doors down from the building where the woman jumped said that he was talking to a resident of the building, who told him stories about other people who died at the building, including a resident who was killed by the caretaker, who had been caring for her mother.
“There’s some bad juju happening in that building with so many suicide and deaths. It’s like [the Netflix show] The Hotel Cecil”.
Brodvin graduated from Hunter College, located just blocks away from where she was found dead, in 2005 with a degree in English Language Arts. At the time of her death, Brodvin was working at Braverhood, a mental health clinic in Brooklyn. She described herself as a rehabilitation specialist.
According to Solil, the management company that runs the building, it was constructed in 1960 and consists of 111 apartment units over 19 floors.
There is currently one listed apartment for rent in the building, a two-bedroom that is on the market for $6,150 via StreetEasy. Sutton Place is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in New York City, according to Forbes.
In 2021, City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi said that New Yorkers were still suffering hard mentally from effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Every 16 hours, someone dies from suicide in New York City. Based on Community Health Survey data, 2.4 percent of NYC adults ages 18 and older seriously thought about killing themselves at some point in the past 12 months, Chokshi said.
Among those with suicidal ideation, 14.1 percent attempted suicide in the past 12 months. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.