CHELSEA PIER TRAGEDY
Body of bike messenger
New York Post, February 21, 2005
By Jen Kelly and Briget Harrison
The body of a bike messenger who had attended a shindig for cyclists on
a salvaged boat Saturday at Chelsea Piers was found in shallow water
near the site yesterday - with his bike chain still around his waist,
The 36-year-old man, whose name was being withheld by authorities
pending notification of his family, was spotted by pedestrians
yesterday morning near the Frying Pan, a popular party boat that is
permanently moored at Pier 63 by West 23rd Street, police said.
Authorities believe the messenger, who was last seen by a pal at the
boat party at 9 p.m., may have died after he left the bash drunk and
fell into the river. There were no signs of trauma to the body.
His roommate told cops that the man was from Vancouver, Canada,
suffered from seizures, and had a plate in his head from being shot in
Canada more than 10 years ago.
Cops were investigating whether a seizure may have contributed to his
death. Results of an autopsy were pending.
The friend told investigators he had left the man at the party to go
meet his girlfriend shortly after 9 p.m. He found out that his friend
had died yesterday morning when he returned to the pier to pick up his
own bike and saw cops by the river.
More than 100 cyclists had gathered at the pier Saturday for an annual
event at which they trade bike parts, said Frying Pan skipper John
After the "swap meet," which began at 8 a.m., cyclists joined a race to
Brooklyn and then The Bronx before finishing back at the pier for more
The day of biking festivities was followed by a party on the Frying
Pan, where alcohol was served. The gig finished at 10 p.m., Krevey said.
A passer-by, one of several who spotted the messenger's body in the
shallow water between the boat and the pier, said that at first, he and
others thought the corpse was a mannequin.
"Nobody believed it to be true, they didn't think it was a body," said
Wade Rosen, 39, of New Jersey. "They thought it was a mannequin thrown
Built in 1929, the Frying Pan guarded the Frying Pan Shoals, which are
30 miles off of Cape Fear, N.C., from 1930 to 1965.
Abandoned for 10 years in Chesapeake Bay, the vessel sank and was under
water for three years before it was salvaged and sailed to Pier 63,
where it is now a popular location for parties.
Additional reporting by
Jamie Schram and Larry Celona