New York City Grapples with Another Trash Compactor Death, This Time in Chelsea’s +art Building

A woman was found dead in a trash compactor in the basement of a luxury building near the High Line in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

In a troubling incident in Manhattan’s upscale Chelsea neighborhood, a woman was found dead yesterday afternoon in the basement of a luxury residential building near the High Line. The body was discovered in a trash compactor at the +art building located at 540 West 28th St.

The Discovery and Investigation

A building worker made the grim discovery, leading to a 911 call around 2:40 p.m. Friday. NYPD officers swiftly responded, entering the basement to confirm the find. The woman, whose identity and age remain undisclosed, was recorded on video entering the building on Thursday night. A police source suggested she might have been intoxicated and noted that she did not reside in the building. The circumstances of her entry into the building are currently unclear.

The Ongoing Mystery

The NYPD is investigating the possibility that the woman fell down the garbage chute. The city medical examiner is tasked with determining the cause and time of death. This incident has left residents unsettled. “There were detectives on every floor. They were asking us if we heard a domestic dispute last night,” a neighbor, who chose to remain anonymous, shared with the Daily News.

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Contextual Incidents

This incident is not isolated. In June, a woman was found dead and undressed in the trash compactor of an East Harlem residential building. Additionally, in August 2022, a man was caught on video in Brooklyn entering a trash chute with assistance, only to be found dead minutes later. Similarly, in the summer of 2018, a woman’s body was discovered in a trash compactor near Union Square.

These recurring incidents raise concerns about safety and security in residential buildings across New York City. The NYPD is actively investigating the Chelsea case, seeking to unravel the circumstances that led to this tragic event.