Monday, April 4, 2011
Wall Street trader Keith Mastronardi, father of 3, falls to death from Upper East Side apartment
A Wall Street whiz kid and father of three died in a freak fall from his fifth-floor Upper East Side apartment, authorities said Monday.
Keith Mastronardi, 31, was discovered dead about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard behind his building on E.74th St. between First and Second Aves., police said.
Sources said Mastronardi had been drinking and had tried to open a window to let cigarette smoke out of the apartment when he fell.
Investigators said his death appears to be an accident.
A father of two young sons and an infant daughter, Mastronardi hailed from a tight-knit Long Island family who were devastated by his death.
"He was an amazing and loving father and we'll really miss him," said his brother, Marc.
Mastronardi's distraught wife, Debra, was in the apartment at the time and had to be taken out on a stretcher after she collapsed, sources said.
Mastronardi was the head of exotic derivatives trading for the Wall Street firm Vyapar Capital Market Partners.
"This is a terrible tragedy," said Vinayek Singh, the company's CEO. "Keith was a loving father and husband."
"He has been a valued member of Vyapar for several years, and a friend to all," he said. "We had a moment of silence for him."
Mastronardi grew up in Seaford, L.I., and attended the University of Chicago where he was a track champion.
He and his wife and their kids were a fixture in the neighborhood, residents said.
"[They were] the type of couple that people would be jealous of. They were very in love," said Gianluca Rottura, owner of a local wine shop the pair frequented. "These are the type of people you look at and say 'How can I get that?'"
"They had a certain energy," he said. "Every day was like their first date. They were very happy."
"This is horrible," he added. "He was a great father."