firm worker takes death leap
New York Daily News, September, 29, 2004
By Greg Gittrich and Nancy Dillon
An elderly bike messenger dived 10 stories to his death inside a top midtown
law office yesterday, shocking longtime co-workers who saw his crumpled body
in the firm's luxurious reception area.
Manhattan resident Stanley Goldsmith "apparently jumped from the railing
of an interior staircase" about 9:15 a.m. and landed in the 38th floor lobby
of Cravath Swaine & Moore in the Worldwide Plaza building on Eighth Ave.,
a law firm spokeswoman said.
Goldsmith, 69, did not leave a note, cops said.
"I heard a loud thud, like somebody dropped something heavy," said a mailroom
worker who did not want his name used. "I turned around and saw him just
lying there motionless. He had blood on his head. I couldn't believe it."
Other co-workers recalled Goldsmith as a soft-spoken fixture with white hair
who often arrived at work by 6 a.m. and greeted friends with a hello.
The Cravath spokeswoman called the incident "tragic and distressing." She
said Goldsmith had worked 14 years for the firm.
The incident followed a similar suicide a day earlier inside the Time Warner
Center's retail mall.
On Monday, a struggling artist who battled schizophrenia climbed over a fourth-floor
glass railing and plunged to his death in front of a Williams-Sonoma store.