A rooftop bar death is making headlines this week. A woman jumped from a Manhattan rooftop bar – 20 stories high – to her death Monday. According to witnesses, the woman sprinted toward a shrubbery-lined ledge at the rooftop bar of 230 Fifth’s Garden and Penthouse Lounge, climbed up and jumped in front of packed revelers. She did instantly, according to NYPD officials.
Writes Yahoo Finance: “A startup founder and iOS developer is said to have jumped to her death from a rooftop bar on Monday night. Faigy Mayer, 30, was the founder and CEO of Appton, a New York-based app development startup. Mayer had developed a number of iOS apps, including NYCTips, a New York restaurant tip calculator, a parking app called Carma, and an app called ExpenseTracker, according to her LinkedIn page.”
Mayer was in attendance at a corporate party.
“There was a big corporate party up there and she kind of ran through them [the partygoers] and jumped,” one witness reported.
At least one witness however said that the small ledge can pose dangerous risks to individuals who perhaps had too much to drink. “They really need to be more careful up there,” said patron Carlos Rodriguez, who was in attendance Monday night. “There’s nothing to keep you from jumping.”
Becky Wittemore said most of the partygoers had no idea that a woman had just committed suicide. “I think a lot of the people up there had zero clue what was going on,” she said.
Adds Yahoo: “Founder suicides — like Mayer’s — are outliers of the tech industry’s quiet battle with depression, exacerbated by the stress of starting a company and trying to change the world.”
According to the Daily Mail, three years Mayer participated in a documentary about her “struggles with her childhood as a Hasidic Jew and issues with her family… Mayer took part in a 2009 National Geographic Documentary entitled Inside Hasidism, which examined the unique pressures of the secretive religious community, which has approximately 125,000 followers in New York City alone.”
Dale Martin was on the street below and witnessed Mayer’s fatal plunge. “I was walking across the street and I saw she was falling. You can tell it was a lady. She had on shoes and a dress.”
Rodriguez said he sat on the same ledge Mayer jumped from, and no one cautioned him to move back. “I sat at the ledge of the roof and was drunk out of my mind,” he said. “I was able to sit there and nobody gave a s**t.”
Police said a purse and a backpack that belonged to Mayer was recovered at the rooftop bar, but as of yet no confirmed motive for her death has been found.