RIP Christopher Serrano, An Incredible Photographer and Urban Explorer

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Early Wednesday, a straphanger was killed in what was believed to be a subway surfing accident. According to local news reports, the man was attempting to climb on top of an F train around 5am and may have been clipped by something at the elevated Fourth Avenue/9th Street station in Brooklyn. Police identified him as 25-year-old Christopher Serrano, but to the urban exploring community at large, he went by the Instagram handle @heavy_minds, where he amassed over 100,000 followers. In the comments, he came off as very humble guy, consistently thanking his peers and fans who followed his unauthorized endeavors.


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His Instagram is populated by jaw-dropping photos taken from skyscraper ledges and other off-limits areas the general public doesn’t typically get to see or is too scared to venture past. As news of his death quickly spread, his IG account was flooded with condolences on the last photo he posted. It shows him dangling his legs off the ledge of a building in Times Square with a caption that reads: “It’s lonely up here.”

It’s lonely up here.

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His brother Ryan, who’s also a photographer, wrote a heartfelt tribute about his loss and posted it to the photo sharing platform.

I wish I had taken more photos of you. I lost my brother today. My first best friend. I'll never forget our adventures. You took me to my first rooftop, my first abandoned building, first tunnel. You took me to my first concert, and my second one shortly after. 2 years ago we snuck out of the house after work to take pictures on a snowy night. We wandered the city during Storm Jonas taking photos. I'll never forget our celebratory high five after we both caught that photo of the lightning in DUMBO. We got chased out of a construction site by a helicopter. We could do anything together. We skated together. We worked together. Went to the gym together. Played video games together. Talked about almost anything together. This house will never be the same without you. I love you, brother. ❤️ @heavy_minds. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I really appreciate all the support. If anyone has any old photos or videos of my brother please contact me.

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In an update on his Facebook page earlier this year, where he also shares photos of himself skateboarding and snowboarding, Chris mentions hitting the 100k follower milestone on Instagram and it’s easy to see why. His photos of New York City are stunning. RIP Christoper Serrano!


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Above the GWB.

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Starting over.

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Sneaking onto rooftops with @nyry_ @lastsuspect. Shot of me by @lastsuspect

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