UPDATE: Victim of Falling Debris in New York City Identified as Prominent Architect


(NEW YORK, December 2019) – New York City’s Department of Buildings continues to investigate why debris fell from a building in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, killing a prominent architect. Scaffolding has been erected to prevent any further tragedies near the building on West 49th Street.

In our earlier story, we reported that the victim was identified as 60-year-old Erica Tishman. Further details about her have emerged, and (according to NBC4 New York), she was a married mother of three and a prominent architect and vice president of a Midtown-based construction firm. The victim was a graduate of Harvard and Princeton Universities and dedicated much of her time to charitable causes, as well as serving on the board of a synagogue.

According to authorities, the DOB had issued safety violations against the 17-story building in April, specifically citing “damaged terra cotta at areas above 15th floor in several locations which poses a falling hazard for pedestrians.” The owners were forced to pay a fine of $1,250 fine for failure to maintain the facade.

It is unclear at this time whether this is the same area where the debris fell from, but we will continue to monitor this developing story and will update our blog with any new information that emerges.

Disclaimer: This post should not be construed as legal advice. The injury lawyers of Finz & Finz, P.C., regularly update our readers on the latest news in New York and Long Island to make our community safer. We are committed to helping those who’ve been hurt in accidents in our community know what to do to keep themselves and their families safe, and if you’ve been injured in an accident, we can help.

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