The 26-year-old woman who plunged to her death from a fancy rooftop bar in Manhattan was an aspiring model who was “sweet and loving,” her family said Thursday evening.
Elizabeth Gaglewski, of Queens, plummeted from the ledge of Bar 54 at the Hyatt Centric Times Square New York Wednesday afternoon and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.
“She was just a good person, a sweet and loving, caring kid,” her uncle Tony Smith told The Post from inside their home.
“She was a good, loving, kind girl,” added her aunt Janet, who didn’t give her last name.
Investigators on Thursday were still trying to determine if Gaglewski jumped intentionally or fell by accident.
The family was coping with their loss a day after the tragic incident where Gaglewski fell from the 54th floor and landed on a 27th-floor balcony, cops have said.
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Her uncle also said they were not sure whether the fall was intentional or not and declined to say if she was struggling with depression or mental health.
“We are still waiting to get all the information from cops,” Smith said.
Police have said they are reviewing surveillance footage of the incident.
Staff attempted to save her life, but she was already off the side before they could reach her, sources said.
“They saw it. They tried to help her but they couldn’t,” a worker who wasn’t there but had been briefed on the incident told The Post earlier Thursday.
“The whole staff is traumatized right now.”
Witnesses told cops after the incident the woman was “seen jumping” from the ledge.
Sources said Gaglewski was not staying at the hotel, and that she had ordered a drink before apparently climbing over the ledge.
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Additional reporting by Joe Marino and Larry Celona
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