Hannah Shaw had been arguing with her boyfriend before the plunge: Report

W’burg woman falls off roof to her death

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A woman fell to her death in Williamsburg early on Friday morning when she tried to climb into the window of her boyfriend’s fourth-story apartment, according to cops and a report.

Hannah Shaw, 29, used the fire escape to climb to the roof of 409 Kent Ave., where she slipped and fell, plunging to the concrete below, police said.

Emergency services found the woman unconscious at 4:40 am, officials reported. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Woodhull Hospital, according to authorities.

Before the tragic tumble, Shaw had been partying with friends at the Lucky Dog bar seven blocks away on Bedford Avenue, officers stated.

Upon arriving at the pad between Broadway and S. Eighth Street, a bleary-eyed Shaw got into an argument with her boyfriend Alex Douglas and he locked her out of his apartment, which is when she decided to ascend the fire escape, the New York Post reported.

Police would not confirm that Shaw was drunk. They said they are awaiting toxicology reports.

Shaw lived three and a half blocks away on S. Fourth Street, according to cops, and worked at Jungle Design NYC, a garden design firm, according to her Facebook page. She is a 2007 graduate of Hampshire College and originally from Maine, the page says.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Dee says:
Dude Diehipster and Tracey, Have you no compassion? Do you even know anything about the company she worked for? Get off your high horse and have some sympathy.
April 4, 2014, 10:15 pm
lexi says:
Hannah was an amazing person who saw beauty in everyone and everything. She wasn't a "hipster" or someone that believed that labels defined a person. She was someone that believed in the "good" in everyone (even you Diehipster). She will be missed by everyone who knew her and those that didn't get a chance to know her will never know what they were missing.
April 4, 2014, 10:33 pm
KC from Brooklyn Heights says:
Jungle Design NYC is an upscale landscaping design firm you morons. They do lovely roof gardens and great brownstone backyards. Not that the two losers Tracy and diehipster would ever be able to shop there
April 4, 2014, 11:09 pm
The Duke from Flatbush says:
How awful. My condolences to everyone that knew her.
April 4, 2014, 11:34 pm
The Chooch from a Bohemian Tragedy says:
It's true. It is a tragedy and an act of stupidity. Very much the hipster corollary to the mook who gets swiped off the outside of a subway car. Surprise surprise. Hipsters are human too, and they are a large population in the city, and they too will have their urban tragedies. But there's no doubt this young woman had a good job. She was one of the young entrepreneurs who are making the Brooklyn Renaissance.
April 5, 2014, 1:26 am
Culls from Not in NY says:
Hannah was a great person with a great family... who will most likely read your comments. How ironic; non-hipster hipsters flexing their vocabs anonymously on a Brooklyn newsblog. The people and families affected are REAL PEOPLE , regardless of the music they listen to and the clothes they wear. —— off with that 'neighbors trying to sleep' ——. Greasers, hippies, hipsters, ravers etc and what other labels you want to put on complex individuals that lived fulfilling lives-- this IS a tragic accident, people are heartbroken. If u have an issue with gentrification or the character of a neighborhood changing to your disliking, the comments section of a story entitled "W'burg woman falls to her death" is the last place you should be spending your time. Karma, or whatever force punishes anonymous lowlifes, will catch up to you clowns.
April 5, 2014, 4:38 am
The Chooch from a Bohemian Tragedy says:
Hanna did more for Brooklyn during her time here than many have done in three generations here. I remember a time when a young person was killed on these streets every two weeks.

It is thanks to Hanna and all the young entrepreneurs like her that Williamsburg has been saved from depravity and restored to the glory that she was always destined for.

The Chooch apologizes for using the word "stupid." It was insensitive. But know that there are those of us who know how far this city has come in a few decades, and we know it is owing to Hanna and those like her.
April 5, 2014, 7:36 am
Sickos from Hell says:
Some of you are disgusting animals. Comments should be closed on this article, Brooklyn Paper.
April 5, 2014, 8:40 am
Hannah's family says:
Hannah was a light in our family. We will never again come together without noticing her light is missing. I can understand how this story would make those who did not know her question because you really don't have the whole story . What I can't understand is actually taking time to make and write insensitive comments. Nothing you say can diminish her light. Your anonymity does not make it OK. We are real people. She is leaving behind a mother, a father, a younger sister, 1st and 2nd cousins from a very close family and countless friends.
April 5, 2014, 8:59 am
jay from nyc says:
I served with a guy who recently killed himself. Some fool put pictures of the scene on a blog. Then idiots who knew nothing all sat around and made comments.
I don't know this person who died, and neither did most of you, and people all the time, but that is no excuse for not being respectful of the loss that those who did know her are experiencing right now.
April 5, 2014, 10:49 am
Rr from Maine says:
Your comments are unforgivable. Imagine 2 adoring parents, a sister and 2 grandmothers. This young woman was a shining star... A beloved member of her Maine community and true friend to all ages
April 5, 2014, 3:12 pm
Vinny Polack from Greenpoint says:
A 40 something year old man who can afford a nearly waterfront apartment is not a "hipster" but a grown man who makes solid money. Brooklyn doesn't belong to you, diehipster, get over it!

My condolences to Hannah's family on their loss and apologies for the comments from our village idiots.
April 5, 2014, 3:49 pm
sylvia from Park Slope says:
Please people be respectful. This is someones daughter, grandchild, confidant and dear friend. She just died. Imagine the pain of losing your 29yr old child. Now comment.
April 5, 2014, 6:28 pm
The Chooch from the Brooklyn Renaissance says:
To Hannah's Family.

Again, I apologize for using insensitive language in my initial response to this event. Of course I can see now that this tragedy is almost certainly more complicated than it appears on this website.

It is too bad that tragedies like this are cycled through blogs and comment threads, but that is the world we live in.
And the more so in Brooklyn, where people like Hannah are controversial and have been for a long time.

Hannah was part of that guild of artists and creative entrepreneurs who in the space of a few decades transformed some of the most dangerous and blighted neighborhoods in America into some of the most desirable places to live on earth.

There is bitter resentment in this borough against Hannah and her generation. Not just from the trolls, but from entrenched politicians, academics, famous movie directors.

Not all, not most, but an appreciable number of native New Yorkers who grew up here in the age of urban blight, are and have been not a little bent out of shape by the accomplishments of the Hannahs of our borough. By the fact that there are those who have done more for Brooklyn in the space of a young life than many have done in three generations.

The Chooch is the unapologetic voice of the Brooklyn Renaissance. But especially, I speak for the real people who caused real transformation to occur. Year by year, business by business, idea by idea.

As you make clear, Hannah was a real person, with a real vocation, real dreams and aspirations. And it is people such as Hannah who have made the miracle of the new Brooklyn, indeed, a reality.

It would be sacarine and disingenuous of me to feign grief and condolences here, in the usual manner, since really, I did not know Hannah. I cannot pretend to know what you are going through right now. Some things are better left unspoken than cheapened with words.

But I can say this in complete honesty. Hannah will be missed. Her loss deprives a community that is attuned to who she was and what she accomplished. A community that is larger and more self-aware than perhaps even Hannah knew.

The Chooch moved to Williamsburg more than 30 years ago when he was a few years younger than Hannah. And I can tell you that we recognize her as a member of our guild. We have a sense of her life, her adventure, and of her gift to the City of Williamsburg. And for that life and that gift we are grateful.
April 5, 2014, 7:31 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
This is just the opinion of one man: John Wasserman.
If we didn't already think you were a classless, stupid loser-then we would actualy bother to consider urging you to kill yourself. But we know better. Enjoy the remainder of this nice day.
Pardon the interruption.
Hash Tag: yourtimeisgonnacome
April 6, 2014, 6:05 pm
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
I don't think the comments should have gotten edited out. This isn't a wake, or eulogy at her funeral. It is not the woman or her families private blog.

What it is is a news story on a public news site, which solicits commentary from its readers. People conveying their feelings about it should not have their comments removed merely for their opinion not being shared by some others, especially in light of the fact that I don't believe a single one of them actually wished harm upon the woman or her family - which would certainly be grounds for removal.
April 7, 2014, 8:45 am
diehipster from Slappin' Soyboys says:
Hey John Wasserman: Failed Apologetic Comedic Commenter,

You don't even know what I said; it was deleted before you got here to do your not-funny apologetic comedy routine. I wasn't celebrating her death.
April 7, 2014, 12:51 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hey diehipster: Failed Abortion

I did see it-and couldn't believe how long it sat there, not being deleted.
April 7, 2014, 1:46 pm
DC from Park Slop says:
While I do feel for her family, why in gods name would she be trying to be spider man?
April 7, 2014, 3:03 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Because, obviously, there is more to this story than meets the eye.
April 7, 2014, 3:07 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Well, okay. As long as you meant it, okay. Of course, I can't speak for her family and friends. It was big of you to come on the air and apologize like that, in front of everyone. Good day to you.
April 7, 2014, 4:49 pm
Mr h from Southwest harbor says:
I taught Hannah years ago....what a great person and family. She will be sadly missed and the world is a better place for her being a part of it. Sam..Jane..and Lucy I am so sorry for your loss.
April 7, 2014, 5:36 pm
Bill Williams from Park Slope says:
This is really sad. A bad judgement ending in the worst way. Could happen to anyone, we all make bad judgements, we're just usually luckier.

Die Hipster, your comments are always asinine, but you get to make them. This time they must have been so bad, so hurtful, they were removed. Let me ask you, do you believe what you say? In which case, you're horrible and deserve the hate people generally feel toward you. Do you want that?
OR, do you write them so people will mention you (as I am doing) in which case, you're seeking attention, which is understandable though juvenile and again people hate you.
If it's just attention though, do you ever stop to think that what you write might actually really hurt someone? Is THAT what you want?

It makes me sick every time I come here and I read what you've written, knowing that more people I meet in the future that find out I was born and raised in Brooklyn might think I share the same thoughts that you do, and they'll hate me before they get to know me. Thinking that's what we real Brooklynites are like. That's what you're doing to those of us from Brooklyn. Thanks for that.
April 8, 2014, 3:28 pm
Chi chi from Hills & Dales says:
This is not about any of you, quit it. If you can't say something nice, say nothing.
April 8, 2014, 10:16 pm
Diana from albany new york says:
she sounds like a wonderful person, i'm so sorry for your lost to the ones who were her friends and family, she is with God now.
April 9, 2014, 10:51 pm
Dib says:
With GOD now?

How cliche.
April 10, 2014, 2:57 pm
Chi chi from Hills n Dales says:
Yes, with The Lord Our God.
April 10, 2014, 9:45 pm

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