Bath Beach Resident Falls Four Stories Off Roof

Façade of 47 Bay 26th Street in Bath Beach. Source: Google Maps

File this one under “Really Dumb Things That You Should Never Do.”

The name of a man, who scaled the roof of his Bath Beach building, and then fell four stories as he tried to get into his locked apartment, is being withheld by police, and that’s probably a good thing (just think of his damaged pride!), because, unless you are Peter Parker, Phillippe Petit or Harry Houdini, recklessly climbing building roofs will almost always end in someone getting very badly hurt, or worse.

The 30-year-old resident of 47 Bay 26


Street, who is incredibly lucky to be alive, was rushed in critical condition to Lutheran Medical Center by the FDNY after attempting to climb through his window by repelling from the building using an electrical cable.

The New York Post reports that, minutes after the man hit the pavement, a roommate of the victim’s, identified at Tomas Chan, ran up to a Post photographer to tell him that he was the roommate and that he, too, was locked out of his apartment.

“We heard a loud thump and went outside into the yard and saw a guy on the ground. He was groaning and moaning. I told him to stay still, that the ambulance was on its way,” said neighbor Dorothy Nation.

A painful lesson learned the hard way.