A 60-year-old Jewish woman was killed by falling debris while walking near Times Square on Tuesday morning. Erica Tishman, who was identified by the New York Post, was a vice president at Zubatkin Owner Representation, a project management and owner representation firm located on West 52nd Street.
According to the Post, police said Tishman was hit by a falling chunk of the building facade on the corner of 49th Street and Seventh Avenue and declared dead at the scene.
Tishman was a member of the board of trustees at Central Synagogue and served on the executive committee of the Educational Alliance, a historically Jewish organization that provides multigenerational programming for families in Lower Manhattan “to enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities.” Tishman previously served as president of the Educational Alliance.
Tishman graduated from Princeton in 1981 and from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1985. Tishman, formerly Erica Lindenbaum, married Steven Tishman in 1982, according to The New York Times. They have three children. Her grandfather was Abraham M. Lindenbaum, a former president of Brooklyn Law School. There is no known relation to the Tishman family, known for their work in real estate and philanthropy.
Tishman was a partner at Dewitt Tishman Architects, an architectural firm that worked on a number of properties in Jersey City and Hoboken. In 2004, in a New York Times article about the firm, she and her partners were known for “their bold use of pattern and color.” According to her LinkedIn page, she had been a vice president at Zubatkin since 2017.
According to the Daily News, the building at 729 Seventh Ave. is owned by 729 Acquisition LLC. and “has several outstanding building violations.” A company spokesman told the Daily News: “We are saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family. The company will fully cooperate with the city in the ongoing matter.”