Man falls to his death after trying to climb 52-storey New York hotel

New York: A 24-year-old man slipped and fell to his death as he and a friend tried to scale a New York hotel using the building's scaffolding, the police said.

The man, Conner Cummings, of Rockaway, New Jersey, and his friend reached the 51st floor of the 52-storey the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan on Wednesday night after gaining  access to one of the building's roofs and clambering up scaffolding attached to an air shaft.

The pair were trying to take photos of the skyline, the police said. Cummings and his friend, 18, were on opposite sides of the scaffolding.

But rain began falling hard over Manhattan, and the friend, who was not identified, told investigators he suddenly heard a bang. Cummings had disappeared, the friend told the police. He found his body on a maintenance catwalk more than nine metres below.

The friend notified hotel security, who called the authorities, the police said. Cummings was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither he nor his friend was a guest at the hotel. The friend was released without any charges, the police said.

New York Times