A photographer famous for his awesome photos of usually off-limits locations in NYC – including many taken from the (probably illegally-scaled) summit of Manhattan skyscrapers and bridges – has died in a train surfing accident.
Christopher Serrano, a 25-year-old Brooklyn native with a dedicated Instagram following, was tragically killed while reportedly attempting to ride the top of a Coney Island-bound F train on Wednesday.
He was travelling with a female friend when he climbed outside of the moving carriage and started scaling the exterior of the train at around 5am, according to the NYPD.
Investigators suspect Serrano may have clipped something, causing him to fall; his body was recovered from the train tracks a short time later.
As news of his death spread, friends and fans alike flooded the last photo he ever posted to his IG feed @heavy_minds with their condolences.
The pic shows Serrano dangling his legs off the edge of a building overlooking Times Square with the caption: “It’s lonely up here.”
Serrano’s brother Ryan, also a photographer, posted a seriously heartbreaking tribute to his “best friend” on Instagram.
“We could do anything together. We skated together. We worked together. Went to the gym together. Played video games together. Talked about almost anything together. This house will never be the same without you. I love you, brother.”
I wish I had taken more photos of you. I lost my brother today. My first best friend. I’ll never forget our adventures. You took me to my first rooftop, my first abandoned building, first tunnel. You took me to my first concert, and my second one shortly after. 2 years ago we snuck out of the house after work to take pictures on a snowy night. We wandered the city during Storm Jonas taking photos. I’ll never forget our celebratory high five after we both caught that photo of the lightning in DUMBO. We got chased out of a construction site by a helicopter. We could do anything together. We skated together. We worked together. Went to the gym together. Played video games together. Talked about almost anything together. This house will never be the same without you. I love you, brother. ?? @heavy_minds. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I really appreciate all the support. If anyone has any old photos or videos of my brother please contact me.
No doubt his epic body of work will continue to inspire.
Source: NY Post.
Photo: Instagram / @heavy_minds.