The Nanny Tragedy

Woke up this morning to news of The Nanny Tragedy. Last night, around 5.30, a mother came home to her apartment building with her three-year-old daughter to find her two other children aged two and six dead in the bath from stab wounds, the children’s 50 year-old nanny unconscious beside them with her throat cut.

It’s difficult to over-estimate the impact a tragedy like this has on the Upper West Side. As a resident of just two months standing I’m already very aware of how tightly knit this community is, where each apartment building is a living village and each village abuts the next. The details of this story are particularly resonant; touching on so many fundamentals of UWS living from geographical to cultural. The family lived in a luxury building near the Park, the nanny lived on the other side of the neighbourhood near the River. The father is a high-flying media executive; the mother is a volunteer art teacher of pre-school children at the Hippo Playground in Riverside Park. The relationship between the family and the nanny was close enough to allow a holiday with the nanny’s family in the Dominican Republic. This domestic set-up is a microcosm of the cross-cultural support structure that sustains the Upper West Side’s socially liberal ideals – not to mention enabling the everyday practicalities.

Today Central Park was unusually bereft of dog-walkers; many more parents would have walked their children to school this morning. There were a lot of sad eyes around, a quietness. The La Rochelle building on West 75th Street had overnight acquired a dark notoriety. Sad to say, the story has all the hallmarks of a future made-for-TV movie – aided by access to the mother’s blog on ‘life with the little Krim kids’ – a fact which the media, even the usually restrained New York Times, seems to have embraced with its lurid narrative and quotes of ‘bloodcurdling screams’. Of course, this is not a tragedy unique to New York and thankfully it’s a rarity anywhere in the world, but it will take a while for it to recede in the minds of the Upper West Side’s strong family community. In the coffee shop this morning I overheard a woman on the phone say, ‘We never knew we had it so good. Until yesterday.’

One Response to “The Nanny Tragedy”

  1. now a days we really can’t trust and feel safe. it is a sad story and how sick the person who did the heinous crime.

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