One of the warmest public tributes paid so far to Jennifer Rosoff in the aftermath of her tragic death in midtown Manhattan comes from Danny Bellish. Here’s what the 26-year-old sales manager for Saveur magazine told Sheila Anne Feeney of amNewYork.com, explaining that Rosoff took him under her wing back in 2009 when she was an account manager for Cosmopolitan:
She literally drew him a map of everything he needed to learn in digital advertising to help him succeed, he recalled. “I still have it,” he said of the instructions she drew for him on the back of a menu.
Also, “she got my girlfriend an internship,” and even arranged a trunk show at Hearst to help his mother’s jewelry business, Bellish said. “I turned to Jennifer at every single step of my career,” said Bellish, adding “she was always ahead of the curve,” and the first to spot industry trends.
Predictably, much of the media coverage is framed by the sensational aspects of the early Thursday morning incident: first date; smoking; horrified screams of a male companion. But recollections such as the one above, of which more are sure to come, are the proper way to remember Rosoff. According to E! News, she also during the course of her career worked for Getty Images, In Touch and Life & Style. RIP.
Update – 08/03/13: According to Huntington Patch, memorial and funeral services for Rosoff will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday in Woodbury, NY.
Separately, Murray Weiss of DNAinfo New York has a very sobering report about the balcony railing that gave way. According to his item, the aluminum railing dates back to 1931 and did not have welded rivets:
The sources explained that the railing on the 20-story apartment house was installed in 1931 when the applicable city building code from 1926 did not mandate certain weight-bearing requirements that would address riveting, the type of metal used and how they were fastened to the structure.
The building code was upgraded in 1969, the sources explained, and again in 2008. Buildings are not required to immediately upgrade to new codes when enacted, but once new construction work is started on a building or its edifice, it must then be brought up to the most current code.
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