A rooftop bar in New York City was hosting a business affair when a woman ran through the crowd and toward the rooftop’s edge and never stopped. She went through the hedges and over a short wall, falling to her death on the bustling city sidewalk 20 floors below in the Flatiron District on Monday night.
The rooftop was teeming with folks who climbed the corporate ladder high enough to afford the price of the swanky drinks they were sipping on and barely a soul looked up at the horror that had just unfolded. It was busy and noisy, so maybe folks just didn’t notice. Still, the eerie scene of a woman jumping to her death while others nearby never stop what they are doing for a minute sounds like a scene from the “Twilight Zone.”
The Business Insider reports on July 21, that “Faigy Mayer, who was 29 years old, was the founder and CEO of Appton, a New York-based app-development startup.” According to Mayer’s Linkedin page, she had accumulated quite the resume for someone so young, as she is credited with creating many popular apps.
Patron Becky Whittemore told the media that “I think a lot of the people up there had zero clue what was going on.” The police closed off the section of the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar that Mayer had gone over and still patrons sat and sip their cocktails engaging in small talk.
Whittemore described how Mayer sprinted through the crowd at about 7:30 p.m. and over the side of the building. The witness said, “There was a big corporate party up there and she kind of ran through them [the partygoers] and jumped.”
This horrifying tragedy wasn’t lost on the people below as witnesses stood in horror as they got a glimpse of Mayer on her way down, landing on the sidewalk. It is a disturbing sight knowing that this woman’s life is going end and all you can do is watch this unfold during the few seconds that she is plummeting toward the sidewalk.
A witness to the tragic end of Mayer’s life said, “I was waking across the street and I saw she was falling. You can tell it was a lady. She had on shoes and a dress,” which is what Dale Martin told the New York Post today.
Mayer landed on the sidewalk of 27th Street, shocking all those walking by. This rooftop bar is described on their website as:
“New York’s largest outdoor rooftop garden and fully enclosed penthouse lounge.” It goes on to say “our rooftop garden is open to the sky.”
Police are investigating this tragic death, which appears to be a suicide from what witnesses have reported. The authorities found a purse and a backpack that they believe belonged to Mayer, so maybe her personal belongings will offer up some clue as to why this happened. According to NewsOxy, those who knew her well said that “struggled with depression since breaking from her Hasidic Judaism heritage.”
Mayer appear in a documentary about New York City’s Hasidic Jewish community back in 2008 and she talked about how she had no interest in Hasidic lifestyle. She also said on the National Geographic documentary that she remembered feeling that way since she was about six-years old.
News of her death quickly spread to her colleagues, who were shocked. Before working at Appton, Mayer worked for Meat Kreative, a tech company also in New York City.