WATCH: Horrific Video Shows Man Crushed By Elevator In Manhattan

Only in NYC can you spend $5000 a month on an apartment in a building where the elevators don’t work. Watch the distressing video above.

Sam Waisbren, 30, clawed desperately to escape the packed lift as it plunged from the lobby into the darkness of the shaft below, but he was crushed between the elevator car and the shaft wall, according to officials.

“The guy literally was trying to climb out onto the floor while the elevator was still [moving down],” said a building worker, who witnessed the death and asked not to be identified. “It’s awful.”