A woman on a first date has fallen to her death after the railing on her 17th-floor apartment balcony gave way.
Jennifer Rosoff went outside for a cigarette just before 1am on Thursday when she sat or leaned against the railing while talking to her date at her New York City apartment, police said.
The man said he warned her against it but the 35-year-old advertising executive fell moments later, authorities said.
Police spoke to the man and no foul play was suspected.
Ms Rosoff landed on building scaffolding on the first floor of the building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Buildings officials took part of the broken railing to examine how it could have given way and plan to determine whether the other balconies are structurally sound.
Only the higher floor corner apartments of the building – built before World War II – have balconies.
High-rise dramas are a staple of life in Manhattan and Thursday’s was the third to make the news in recent days.
Tenants at 16 buildings were ordered to stay off their balconies because they were deemed unsafe.