Sydney Monfries

06 Jun 19
Healing Pilgrim

Recently, I switched on my phone and, clicking on Google, I landed on an article about a New York college student who died after falling from a clock tower. I gasped and shut the tab. Then I gazed out, and into the rising sun in front of me. My inquisitiveness got the better of me: […]

23 May 19
PEOPLE.com

Michelle Casey “loved being outdoors and was at the beach — her favorite place — on Sunday” when she died, her family said

06 May 19
CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Rooftop season is finally here. Whether it’s the top of a restaurant or apartment building, many people will be trying to take in the city views. For some, rooftop safety may not be top of mind. CBS2’s Dick Brennan has a warning. With not just one, but two recent devastating falls in New York City, many say as common as it has become to go to extremes to snap a photo, it’s just not worth it. “We have all done it before, I have done it, I am guilty of it, but I think we all need to think twice about that,” said Manhattan resident Ally Levin. “With our society, we are so obsessed with getting the best picture, getting the best aesthetic, that we are doing anything,” said Jessica Hughee. In April, 22-year-old Sydney Monfries died after falling from the clock tower at Fordham University. Then this weekend, another 22-year-old fell. This time, she fell five stories from a Manhattan apartment rooftop. Somehow, Reilly Hamilton is expected to survive, but fractured her pelvis and broke several bones. Authorities say both girls were trying to take pictures. “It’s a little dangerous,” said Bronx resident Nicole Adames. The rooftop Reilly fell from has a sign that reads “Nobody allowed on roof.” The building super says sirens on the door work. Those are two precautions architect Stephen Varone says to take seriously. “You have to fight that urge or impulse to go up there, if the building is not designed for it,” Varone said. Varone, president of RAND Engineering and Architecture, says if it is illegal for you to be up there, chances are it’s not safe. Usually it means there’s not adequate lighting at night, low railings and tripping hazards. “There are all kind of roof uses in newer buildings, but the majority of older buildings weren’t designed that way and can’t be brought up to code,” Varone said. As temperatures heat up, Varone says there’s no reason not to hang out on balconies and rooftops that are fit for public use, but always make sure they’re up to code. “Every building over six stories, has to have the exterior of the building, including all railings, inspected every five years for safety,” Varone said. Safety first, pictures second. To check to see if your building is up to code, click here.
06 May 19
PEOPLE.com

“She was out of it for a few minutes and then she came to and started crying,” said a witness

06 May 19
Fox17

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06 May 19
WQAD.com

A 22-year-old woman fell five stories from a Manhattan building while taking pictures on Saturday night, police said.

06 May 19
fox5sandiego.com

A 22-year-old woman fell five stories from a Manhattan building while taking pictures on Saturday night, police said.

06 May 19
fox13now.com

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06 May 19
Q13 FOX News

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06 May 19
NATION AND STATE

A 22-year-old New York woman is in critical condition after plunging five stories from a rooftop at her apartment building while she was taking photos with friends, said police. Reilly Hamilton fell from the roof of her building on E. 25th St. near Third Avenue in Manhattan at around 8 p.m. local time, said the […]