New York City: Falls from the Fire Escape

New York City: Falls from the Fire Escape

Introduction; Model Falls Five Stories and Survives

I found out that a model that I included in a previous post, Christian Rodriguez, fell five stories (16.5 meters) from a Manhattan, New York, fire escape and survived.

GoFundMe Page for Christian

I was stunned by the story and decided to look up more information about the fire escapes in New York City.

In New York City, some older apartment buildings have fire escapes, a metal structure attached to the building to allow occupants (a second route) to leave their apartments in case of an emergency. New York City has a regulation for fire escapes.

Fortunately, residents of these buildings can use internal stairways to get out of their buildings. Fire escapes in New York City have a nostalgic feel to those who live there. However, the fire escapes are not needed today and have contributed to several deaths from falls.

The fire escapes are made of metal, which is exposed to water and the sun (which weakens the structure over time). [There was a 2018 TV news report on fire escapes with corrosion.] The fire escape, therefore, provides a false sense of safety.

One story I found explained that as a private engineer was inspecting a fire escape, a 150-pound (68 kilogram) stair tread fell away when she stepped on it. It struck Mr. Richard March-Hart (a pedestrian) in the head, ultimately causing fatal injuries. Another pedestrian, Ms. Nathalia Medllin, also was struck and injured by the stair tread. Ms. Medllin survived. The engineer was able to hold on to the handrail to stabilize herself.

There is another painful fire-escape-related story from Massachusetts in 1975. A photographer for the Boston Herald, Stanley J. Forman, caught an image of Ms. Diana Bryant and two-year-old Tiare Jones while falling from a fire escape that broke away from the building. Ms. Bryant fell onto the pavement and passed away. Tiare Jones survived due to falling on Ms. Bryant.

Fire-Escape-Fall Survivors

Christian Rodriguez

Christian Rodriguez is a stage manager in New York City. He had done a photo shoot with a local photographer, Eduardo Fermin.

After I published the post about Eduardo, I found out that Christian had fallen from a fire escape on September 11, 2021, from a Twitter post. The GoFundMe page for Christian provides details about what happened. Christian fell from the fifth or sixth floor. Fortunately, Christian fell first on some shrubs before reaching the ground. While he sustained some serious injuries, with time and therapy he will be able to return to his usual routine.

I read the comments on Christian’s GoFundMe page. (The comment from his grandmother caught my attention.)

After all this, Christian is not paralyzed, will be able to walk (after his leg fractures heal), and is in possession of all his faculties. This is a miraculous result given what happened to others who also fell five stories.

I wish Christian (and his family and friends) the very best as he continues on his recovery journey.

Christian Rodriguez by NYC-based Photographer Jozsef Daniels.

[Author’s note: I experienced with a much less severe ankle fracture (non-displaced fracture of the lateral malleolus, no surgery needed). I tripped and fell on some stairs at home on the day after Christmas 2020. After being treated at urgent care, there were numerous follow-up appointments (over about five months, with the orthopedic doctor, x-rays, and physical therapy), learning how to get around using crutches, dealing with the soft cast/boot, and the swelling.

Christian probably experienced compound fractures, as he did have surgery for his ankle fractures. He will have to be off his feet for a period before getting to crutches.

He will have many follow-up medical appointments, too.]

Another Survivor in Brooklyn

I found a 2016 news article about a man falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. The man was leaning on a railing when it broke loose from the fire escape. The man fell four stories to the ground. He survived but was seriously injured.

Surviving a Five-Story Fall from a Manhattan Apartment’s Roof

While this post focuses on falls from the fire escape, I found an article about a five-story fall from a Manhattan roof. The author, Matthew Knott, is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. Matthew interviewed a researcher, Michael Smith, who co-wrote a journal article about injuries from multi-story falls.

A blog, W42st, had a post about Mr. Knott’s article.

Fatal Falls from the Fire Escape

In reviewing the stories related to multi-story falls from fire escapes, I found some heart-breaking stories. The people involved fell onto the pavement. I extend my prayers to those who fell and their surviving families.

  • Ms. Tyler Thorpe fell five stories from a Manhattan fire escape to the pavement. (May 28, 2021)
  • A man was found on the pavement in Manhattan after a fall. He was known to smoke on the fire escape outside his fifth-floor apartment. (July 31, 2020)
  • Mr. Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an actor, fell from a fourth-floor fire escape in Brooklyn. He landed on the street. (August 28, 2015)
  • Ms. Kasey Jones fell five stories after slipping off the fire escape in Manhattan. Ms. Jones landed in the courtyard.
  • Ms. Imogen Roche, 15, lost her footing and fell from a fire escape outside of a fifth-floor apartment in Manhattan. She landed on the sidewalk.

NYC Portrait Photographer: Rob Anthony

NYC Portrait Photographer: Rob Anthony

Introduction

Rob Anthony is a fashion portrait photographer based in New York City. (I first saw his work with Josh Riquelme.)

Many of Rob’s models have some connection to the fitness world.

Model: Mark Delannoy

Photo Shoots

Josh Riquelme

Rob and Josh create great photographs.

Alexe Restivo Lage and Mariano Lage

Alexe Restivo Lage is a model who lives in Massachusetts. (He has a twin brother, Mariano.)

Baxter Linn

Baxter Linn is a bodybuilder, model, and cinematographer. He has chiseled his physique with years of workouts and good eating habits.

Victor Del Rio

Victor Del Rio is an actor based in New York City.

Eugenio Fernandez Gino

Eugenio Fernandez Gino is a photographer and model. Eugenio is from Venezuela.

Conclusion

Rob creates great images. Many models return for more photo shoots. Do you have a favorite image that Rob created? Please describe the photo in the comments and explain how the image grabbed your attention.

NYC Portrait Photographer: Eduardo Fermin

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Introduction

Eduardo Fermin is a men’s fashion and physique portrait photographer located in Manhattan, New York City.

According to Eduardo’s website, he is from Venezuela, where he studied cinematography and worked in a theater for ten years. Eduardo was first a cook and waiter in New York City. Interested in his new city, he began taking photos with a cell phone.

Model Photo Shoots

Eduardo’s Social Media Channels

Website | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube |

Portfolio

Eduardo has a portfolio of models for whom he has created photographs (headshots, studio, and fashion). Eduardo also creates landscape photographs.

Photo Sessions

Josh Riquelme

Josh Riquelme, a fitness model from upstate New York, who moved to New York City, had a photo session with Eduardo.

Christian Rodriguez

The blog has discovered that the model in this photo shoot, Christian, suffered multiple fractures after falling (nearly six stories) from a fire escape in New York City on September 11, 2021. He was released from the hospital in late September and has a long recovery. Further details are available on a GoFundMe webpage.

Christian, a fitness model based in New York City, had a photo shoot with Eduardo. (Read more about falls from the fire escape in New York City.)

Philip Fusco

Philip Fusco, a longtime model, had a photo shoot with Eduardo. In a session that Men and Underwear Blog featured, Phil modeled Walking Jack underwear. (More photos of Phil are posted on Eduardo’s website.)

In an article with Fashionably Male blog, Phil discussed his Christmas-based photo shoot with Eduardo.

Phil posted a photo-shoot behind-the-scenes video on his YouTube channel.

Travis Maverick

Carlos Gabriel Rodriguez

Carlos Gabriel Rodriguez is a model from Venezuela.

Carlos Gabriel Rodriguez

Nick Norman

Nick Norman is a fitness enthusiast, lacrosse player, and fashion model based in New York City (like Josh Riquelme and Andrew Morrill). Nick had a photo session with Eduardo. (More photos are posted on Eduardo’s website.)

Kyle Ehrensberger

Kyle Ehrensberger is an actor and a model based in New York City. (More photos are posted on Eduardo’s website.)

Nick Boisseau

Nick Boisseau, a fitness model, had a photo shoot with Eduardo. (More photos are posted on Eduardo’s website.)

Baxter Linn

Baxter Linn is a cinematographer, actor, bodybuilder, and model who lives in New England.

Matt Ortel

Matt Ortel, a personal trainer living in New York, had a photo session with Eduardo.

Street Photography

Eduardo also composes his model photos using the beautiful City of New York as a backdrop. One location is at Times Square. (Note: I wrote a previous blog about Calvin Klein’s underwear billboards in this area.)

Model: Nate Winners.
Andres Miguel Escobar at Times Square.

Roman Todd in Times Square, NYC

Casey Brown

Bathtub Photo Shoots

One of Eduardo’s signature photo styles is a model in a tub filled with white liquid. The white background creates brilliant images.

Conclusion

Eduardo’s photos are great and I wish him and his models great success. Have you enjoyed the models in this post? Is there another photo shoot that I missed? Please let me know in the comment section on through e-mail.

NYC Male Fitness Model: Andrew C. Morrill

NYC Male Fitness Model: Andrew C. Morrill

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy.NYC

Introduction

Andrew C. Morrill is a Texan who lives in New York City (like Josh Riquelme). Andrew was based in Hong Kong and London, United Kingdom for a few years. He has been in the modeling industry for over a decade.

Andrew is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Personal Trainer,

Athletegy

He announced on Instagram that he is planning to open an athletic clothing brand, Athletegy.NYC, in fall 2021.

Sign up for Athletegy updates: https://athletegy.com/ .

The brand name is a combination of athlete and strategy. Athletegy products will combine hard-working, durable fabrics with no-fuss workout style.

Our Strategy: pair the world’s finest fabrics with cutting edge technology, finish with a clean, sophisticated style robust enough to satisfy both form and function.   We believe in this message so much, you’ll find it sewn inside our clothes: Behind Every Athlete is a Strategy.

Athletegy website
Shorts, Athletegy.nyc prototype (see screenshot above)

Photos of Andrew

New haircut, March 2021

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy.NYC

Interviews

Andrew has had several interviews over his career. Several of them have been with the Fashionably Male blog. Andrew also interviewed with the Men and Underwear blog.

Several other blogs that Andrew spoke with—

Andrew mentions in his interviews that fans compliment him on his pectorals and thighs. (See other blog posts on leg-day shorts and 5-inch inseam shorts)

Interview with Willpower Magazine

Andrew spoke with Willpower Magazine for an interview. Andrew discusses his start in fitness with school sports. Andrew started weight training in college. Over time, Andrew worked with a number of personal trainers; he felt he learned the exercises best when he taught himself.

Andrew Morrill weight trains outside.
Andrew training outside. (See blog post on five-inch inseam shorts.)

Andrew’s notable muscle group is his thighs. He explained in the interview that he initially did not like having big thighs.

As a young man, I hated my muscular legs because they made it difficult to fit into clothes.  It’s funny because now I think they are my best physical asset.  ​

A lot of body development is accepting who and what you are and recognizing your own assets.

Andrew Morrill in Willpower Magazine

Read the rest of Andrew’s interview where he discusses his preparation for the NASM personal trainer exam and his workout and nutrition for maintaining his physique.

YouTube

Andrew did an interview with Flash Avenue Studio in London, UK.

Podcast

Andrew was interviewed by the Two Smart Dumbbells podcast.

Vintage Clothing

Andrew wore a color block jacket from Christian Dior. Fans loved the jacket and wanted to buy one. However, it is a vintage item made in the 1990s.

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy.NYC

Photo Shoots

Lapidus Studio

Andrew had a photo shoot with Lapidus Studio in New York.

Robert Riese

Conclusion

Andrew has had a long career as a model and personal trainer. I hope that the clothing brand will add additional success.

Searching for summer shorts.

Male Fitness Models: New York City-Based Josh Riquelme

Male Fitness Models: New York City-Based Josh Riquelme

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Follow Josh on his social media channels:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok | Facebook | Twitch | Snapchat |

Introduction

Josh Riquelme, 24, is from upstate New York. He became a represented male model, with BMG Models, in 2019. (Instagram) In June 2020, Josh moved to Brooklyn, New York City. Josh currently is a content creator for his social media channels. He is a Gemini, with a birthday on May 28.

Josh has a background in physique competition. Josh competed in a natural mens physique contest in 2016. Josh did a video with his bodybuilder friend, Adonis Grahovic.

Josh has survived health issues. He first shared his story about depression on his YouTube channel (discussed below).

He also recovered from Covid-19.

Josh has had a number of photo shoots with several photographers. Josh worked with one photographer, Carlos “Trey” Salazar, on a job for Box Menswear and continued to work with him to add photos to his portfolio.

(Also, Josh worked with another model, Kyle Hynick, in New York and Texas (for Box Menswear).)

(See a blog post on five-inch inseam shorts.)

Josh’s Fitness Journey

Summer 2021

Los Angeles, California

Josh went to Los Angeles, California for photo shoots.

Josh’s Photographers

Photos by David Anthony
New Hairstyle

In addition, he had his hair dyed blonde. (Hair stylist, Keon Cruz.)

At the Beach

Josh’s Photo Shoots

Follow Josh on his social media channels:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok | Facebook | Twitch | Snapchat |

Eduardo Fermin

Eduardo Fermin is a photographer based in New York City. He and Josh have created awesome images.

Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Carlos “Trey” Salazar is an Austin, Texas, based photographer. (I have a post on Trey on the blog.). Josh have worked to create images multiple times, at a photo shoot for Box Menswear (discussed below), and then other times when Josh went to Texas.

Anh Nguyen Henry

When Josh went to Texas, he had a photo shoot with Houston, Texas, based Photographer Anh Nguyen Henry.

Bill Lagaret

Photographer Bill Lagaret works in New York City.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Josh in July 2020, visited a beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and had some photos taken.

Shot by Lester / Lester Villarama

Josh did a photo shoot with Photographer Lester Villarama of Shot by Lester. Josh wore an awesome olive-brown overcoat.

Peter Rock

Josh had a photo with Photographer Peter Rock of Rock Photo.