On August 19, Jacob Neuman, a 5-year old boy, fell to his death at a housing project in South Williamsburg just before 9 AM. He was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital Center at 9:30 AM.
According to the New York Times, Jacob was riding the elevator at 70 Clymer Street with his 8-year old brother on their way to school when it stopped between the 11th and 10th floors. Jacob’s brother jumped below to the 10th floor, but the 5-year old boy did not complete the jump and fell the bottom of the elevator shaft.
The elevators received 17 “unsatisfactory” marks from the New York City Housing Authority, all of which came after February 2, 2004. No violations were recorded. Representatives from NYCHA, which also owns the building, did not respond to multiple phone calls about elevator maintenance or why these marks occurred only since 2004.
“Elevator maintenance is always of utmost importance,” said Community Board 1 District Manager Gerald Esposito in a letter to NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez. “NYCHA must take certain that all of its developments have elevators that are working properly.”
Esposito went on to call for an “immediate inspection of the elevators at all of NYCHA developments within our district, and that this report is provided to [the CB1] office.”
In keeping with Orthodox Jewish tradition, a funeral for Neuman was held at Yereim Orthodox Chapel at 93 Broadway shortly after his death.