Cameron Perrelli, the woman who plunged to her death during a rooftop party on Saturday, was a 24-year-old client associate at a New York City investment firm. She fell from a rooftop over the weekend during a party in the East Village, after climbing between 200 and 202 Avenue A.
The “true angel” who wanted to “be and do the best she could in everything” was attending a rooftop birthday party and decided to jump from one building to the next. According to her father, she was walking on an air-conditioning vent when she slipped and fell to her death.
According to reports, Cameron Perrelli was not a resident of either of the buildings but was a resident of the Lower East Side. Law enforcement is investigating the incident but does not suspect foul play.
In a Facebook tribute from her uncle, Michael Perrelli said that it was a “sad day today I lost a piece of my heart my beautiful niece was taken by God to heaven she was so beautiful in mind, body, and soul. It is so hard to understand God’s reason for taking Cameron she had so much to offer the world.”
Her other uncle, Steve Perrelli said that his “heart is broken,” and that his “ family has lost a true angel today… my niece Cameron… I love you!!… you were/are a shining star I will always cherish. I am lost without you in my life … you’ve always made me proud of your accomplishments. RIP my princess!! I will miss you more than you know!”
The loss of the 24-year-old woman is another tragedy brought on by reckless rooftop parties. City officials say that this is only the latest in many weekly gatherings on East Village rooftops that have exceeded safe capacities. Unfortunately, this one took a turn for the worst.
Councilmember Carlina Rivera is reportedly working on two bills to address the issue of mismanaged rooftop parties to prevent any further lives lost, and combat continuous noise complaints also associated with the parties.
Partygoers have been known to jump from rooftop to rooftop during these parties. Rivera explained that “we are all thinking about the family of the young person who lost their life on Saturday morning. This tragedy shows just how dangerous overcrowded or mismanaged rooftop parties have become, and how often they have little to no safety protections or monitoring.”
The councilmember claimed that they, along with others officials “will continue to pursue my legislation to ensure agency responses so that these deadly situations do not happen again.”
It’s not only the parties and partygoers who are to blame, according to Rivera. Instead, the “landlords are ultimately responsible for ensuring outdoor spaces are legally and safely accessible and are not used improperly. If you make the decision to buy a building, you are responsible for the lives of its residents. And these landlords are not living up to that responsibility.”
One bill Rivera has introduced will require tenants to sign paperwork admitting that they understand the city’s noise codes, while another will require better supervision of rooftops. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said that “the tragic death of [Cameron Perrelli]… is a painful reminder that City Hall and property managers are failing to step up when it comes to rooftop parties.”
The Borough President continued, saying that “as New York City begins to emerge from the pandemic and people start to gather again, I join my colleague Council Member Carlina Rivera in demanding a Council hearing and a City Hall review of building code enforcement procedures on this issue.”
As New York removes restriction and individuals begin to emerge from quarantine-induced isolation, parties and other gatherings are likely to surge. As a part of that surge, officials need to prepare safety measures to control potential concerns, preventing others from falling into the same fate as Cameron Perrelli.