Fox News- An investment banker jumped to his death from the window of his million-dollar apartment in the Financial District on Thursday, sources and authorities said.
The 29-year-old man plunged from the 24th floor of the luxury Ocean apartment building at 1 West St. at about 10:40 a.m. and landed on a guardrail near the northbound Battery Park Underpass, narrowly missing a black SUV.
“I went outside, and the woman in the car was screaming, ‘I didn’t know where he came from!’” said Hans Peler, 48, a manager at the building’s parking garage.
“It happened right in front of our guy who waves cars in with the flag. He was so shaken up, I told him to go home.”
The gruesome aftermath sent tourists on an open-air bus that was stuck in traffic scrambling for their cellphones to snap pictures of the body, said workers at the building.
To whom much is given much is expected. It's not all lines of blow and midget tossing when you are a financial big wig in New York City. You have a lot of responsibility when your job is to invest money on behalf of yourself and others. Stocks, by nature, tend be to rather erratic. So yeah, that job may earn you a million dollar penthouse apartment, but it also gives you pretty easy access to grandiose exit from the world if the volatility of said stocks shows itself in an unforeseen crash. Here is your second hand look at why business buildings in major cities have inoperable windows. Might be time to do the same for seven figure real estate whose owner's well being is predicated on educated guesses.
This may come off as insensitive and cynical, but goddamn it I am jealous of that fucking tour group. No one goes to New York City to see beautiful architecture, they go to see some crazy shit. Doesn't get much crazier than a millionaire swan diving 24 stories onto a guardrail. Hey, at least he had the decency to save a bunch of people money on coffee. Don't tell me the timing wasn't intentional. No other reason for someone to wait until sun up to call it quits on life. Nothing will get your day started faster than a dead body. The best part of waking up is an investment banker blowing up! Let's be honest, as gruesome as it is, everyone wants to see a dead person at least once. Why else would rubbernecking exist? Ever seen 'Boyz In The Hood'? "Y'all want to see a dead body?" Yeah. Yes I do. That's the answer 100% of the time. If not out of pure curiousity then for the sheer novelty of it. Not many times in life you will be listening to some underpaid tour guide try to force a joke about hot dog vendors when a deal body will literally come 10 feet from falling in your lap? You can't leave New York City without at least one story worth telling. Rather tell my family and friends about a real crime scene investigation than one that was fabricated for television. Certainly more interesting to tell them about peeling the wolf off Wall Street than a homeless person out of a hotel lobby.