Woman on First Date Falls to Death From 17th Floor Balcony

Early Thursday morning, a 35-year-old woman on a first date fell to her death from the 17th floor of her Manhattan apartment building. The woman, an ad executive, was on her balcony having a cigarette when the railing apparently gave way.

The woman, identified as Jennifer Rosoff, walked out to her balcony with her date around 12:50 am. According to police, Rosoff either leaned against or sat on her railing, despite a warning from her date. The man said he heard two loud pops before the railing partially collapsed, causing Rosoff to fall 17 floors, before landing on scaffolding below.

The man was interviewed by police, but no foul play is suspected.

"There was a man who was hysterical and crying by the elevators. He told me that he and Jennifer were on their first date," a neighbor told the New York Post. "They had just gotten back and she was showing him her apartment. Then he said they stepped out onto the balcony and had a drink. She was leaning on the balcony, then the railing gave way and just snapped."

The New York City Buildings Department placed notices in the building Thursday afternoon, warning residents that their balconies were “imminently perilous to life.”

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