Woman on first date dies in 17-floor fall in NYC
NEW YORK - A 35-year-old media executive on a first date plunged to
her death Thursday after the railing on her 17th-floor New York City
balcony gave way, police said.
Jennifer Rosoff went outside
for a cigarette around 12:50 a.m. when she either sat on the railing or
leaned on it. Her date told her that she probably shouldn't do it, and
then moments later, she apparently fell backward and landed on
construction scaffolding at the first floor, authorities said. Police
spoke to the man and no foul play was suspected.
Emergency crews pronounced Rosoff dead at the scene.
The gray brick high-rise
building on Manhattan's Upper East Side was built before World War II.
Only the higher-floor corner apartments have balconies, and city
officials ordered residents to stay off them.
A photo of the corner
balcony of the apartment where Rosoff lived shows the top two metal
railings bent down in a V-shape. Buildings officials took part of the
broken railing to examine how it could have given way.
In 2010, after a 24-year-old
social worker fell to his death when the railing gave way at his
24th-floor apartment terrace, the city conducted safety inspections on
hundreds of residences. Tenants at 16 buildings were ordered to stay off
their balconies because they were deemed unsafe.
Rosoff worked at The New
Yorker, Lucky Magazine and Cosmopolitan before recently joining a new
media advertising startup called TripleLift, according to her LinkedIn