MIDTOWN — A man fell about 9 stories to his death from a high-rise hotel he and a friend were climbing Thursday night to take photos, police said.
The 20-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, had climbed exterior scaffolding to about the 51st floor of the Four Seasons hotel at 57 E. 57th St., near Park Avenue, with a teenage friend when he slipped about 11:15 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said.
The man fell about nine stories before landing on a set-back roof, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
His friend, 18, was not immediately arrested and investigators don't suspect any criminality, police said.
It was not immediately clear how the pair accessed the scaffolding and were able to climb to the 51st floor.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to them," a Four Seasons spokeswoman said.
Four Seasons officials said they were saddened by the man's death and were working with the NYPD, who is handling any further inquiries.