NYPD officials said a 60-year-old woman was killed Tuesday morning after suffering trauma to the head when a piece of building debris struck her near Times Square. The incident happened at the busy corner of 7th Avenue and West 49th Street, according to an FDNY spokesperson. The piece fell from the 17-story building owned by Himmel + Meringoff, which recently took out facade work permits, according to New York City Department of Building records. The woman, later identified as prominent Manhattan architect Erica Tishman, was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the New York Post, Tishman had degrees from Harvard and Princeton and was part of the architecture firm DeWitt Tishman Architects—where she worked on Jersey City’s Trump Plaza and Trump Bay Street. Tishman was reportedly struck with the building debris just 10 minutes away from the Zubatkin project-management company, where she worked as vice president.