I’m still confused by this.
Yale student, Cameron Dabaghi, 21, took a leap off the Empire State Building’s 86th floor Observation Deck on Tuesday evening, approximately 6:30 EDT. His fall reached the sidewalk of 34th Street, near the corner of 5th Avenue, where a few street-level witnesses said they were cued to the incident by the sound of the impact. One store-owner describing it as an explosion.
Dabaghi was an East Asian Studies major at the prestigious Ivy League school, and was originally from Austin, Texas.
Suicide attempts are certainly no rarity at the famed world structure, but I cannot recall hearing of one from the contemporary version of the Observation Deck. As you’ve noticed in the photo, how exactly would one pull off such a feat without bringing obvious attention to what they were doing?
The crowds on the deck were small yesterday, due to inclement weather. Those who saw the incident stated that Dabaghi took a running leap and cleared “a barrier” which enabled him to avoid the multi-leveled deck structures hundreds of feet below. He landed across the street, and in front of the Bank of America branch. I used to live in NYC, have been to this Observation Deck and the Empire State Building on multiple occasions, and I still cannot fathom how he pulled this off!?
Are there any New Yorkers who can help me out? It seems to me that someone must not have been doing their job for this kid to be able to leap over any of the safety measures constructed on the deck.
(Image via: NewYorkology)