Man Falls to His Death After Climbing New York’s Four Seasons Hotel

'They weren't drinking or anything'
December 31, 2015 Updated: December 31, 2015

A man who was trying to descend down New York City’s Four Seasons Hotel died after falling from the building.

The New York City Police Department said 24-year-old Conner Cummings, of Rockaway, fell while trying to climb down the 52-story building on Wednesday night.

He took photos of the city skyline before he fell.

Police said Cummings got access to the roof at the hotel and was trying to take photos. He fell as he tried to climb back to an interior shaft of the skyscraper.

Cummings landed on a catwalk several levels below. He died on the scene, the New York Daily News reported.

Cummings and another man were guests at the hotel, police said.

The other person scaled back down the shaft and fled without telling anyone, police sources told the paper.

Relatives were stunned by what happened.

“We’re trying to get answers,” Cummings’ aunt Kate Gentile told WABC-TV. “They say that he went up the elevator, and then went up a stairway and then went out on a balcony.”


“He’s a young kid … he’s a good kid,” she continued. “They weren’t drinking or anything. They were taking a picture.”

According to the New York Times, doormen on shift said they couldn’t recall a man climbing up the hotel’s exterior.

The hotel said in a statement to the paper, “The safety and security of our guests, patrons and employees is a top priority for us.” The statement continued, “Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.