Man Survives Empire State Building Jump
His 86th-floor jump was stopped by the 85th floor
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
Storm clouds loom over the Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline.   (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

(Newser) – You don't expect a story that begins "man jumps off Empire State Building" to end well. But a Massachusetts tourist has been given a second chance after his suicide attempt—in which he climbed a fence lining the building's 86th floor observation deck just before midnight Wednesday and jumped off—was interrupted by the 85th floor. The 33-year-old landed one floor down and was taken to Bellevue with a broken ankle. The New York Post reports that he faces charges of reckless endangerment, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

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Jul 31, 2013 10:01 AM CDT
Well done to the ppl responsible for the erection of tht building.
Jul 16, 2013 8:52 PM CDT
did it ever occur to anyone that if this man truly intended to kill himself he would have jumped from an edge of the building that didn't have a balcony just underneath it? I think rather it was a way of asking for help, getting attention. you don't think he looked down before he jumped?
May 27, 2013 5:26 PM CDT
I don't understand how anyone could or would rate this story as hilarious? This man was in pain and couldn't think of a way to live with it so he wanted to die. It's amazing to me that there are so many cruel people in this world. It never ceases to amaze me.