Nick Paumgarten’s Amazing Tale of Elevators

In Case of Fire

Trapped: Online Only Video: The New Yorker

Once I was stuck in an elevator. It was at 50 California Street. It was on a Sunday. I’d parked my car outside illegally because I was just going to run up and get some tickets from my desk and shoot right back down. I ended up stuck in the elevator for about an hour. Fortunately for me the call system worked and they had me out of there eventually. My car wasn’t even ticketed.

Nicholas White was not so lucky.

Nick Paumgarten has an amazing and meaty article on something we take for granted every day, the elevator. Included in the piece is a time lapse video of Nicholas White’s harrowing 41 hour ordeal that eventually ruined his life.

Thanks, Andy!

My photoset of elevators here.

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  1. Thiago Silva says:

    Fantastic text, and the video is really exasperating, especially if you watch it after reading the story.

    Thanks for bringing that up.

    And I’ll take the stairs today.

  2. I ride in an elevator many times a day. I live in a tall building and I’m not chugging up the stairs everyday multiple times.

    Right now they are replacing our elevators and making them faster and more reliable. I have had the elevator open and not be on the floor all the way. freeks you out climbing out and thinking if it drops I’m going to be cut in half.

    Good Times for new stuff.

  3. bugs says:

    What an amazing story!
    never heard of that before.
    I watched that video quite late at night… wanted to go to sleep but had to read the full details of the story!!
    I don’t think he necessarily made a mistake to sue his previous company… I think it was the right thing to do… now how he blew it all up is another story!
    Shame he hasn’t got a job now though…