N.Y.U. student dead in likely suicide

Two young women, one of them sporting awareness-dulling ear buds, walking by the N.Y.U. Catholic Center this Tuesday. Photo by Sam Spokony

A New York University student was found dead in her Midtown hotel room on Tues., Feb. 11, after apparently committing suicide, police said.

Rowen Altenburger, 18, who was staying at the Bryant Park Hotel on W. 40th St., left a note at the scene describing her depression — for which she was taking medication — and was discovered by hotel workers with a plastic bag over her lifeless head, according to police sources cited in media reports.

The New Jersey native was pursuing a degree in creative management and art direction, and reportedly moved to Manhattan eight months ago.

N.Y.U. declined to comment.

Two weeks ago, another 18-year-old N.Y.U. student, Titan Lee-Hai, plunged 15 stories to his death from the top of a Third Ave. university dorm while reportedly high on hallucinogenic mushrooms.