New York City: Tightrope Walker’s Next Target?
(NEW YORK) -- After Nik Wallenda finished walking a 2-inch-thick steel cable across the Arizona’s Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon Sunday, he told reporters his next feat was to walk a tightrope between New York’s Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue and the Chrysler Building on Lexington Avenue.
The New York City Mayor’s Office referred all comments about the matter to the New York City Police Department. The New York Police Department has not issued an official statement as of Monday evening about whether or not the city will allow such a stunt.
Alyse Vellturo, who works for Wallenda’s management company DSW Entertainment, told ABC News this newest plan was only in its beginning stages and nothing had been confirmed.
The distance between the two buildings is approximately eight-tenths of a mile, according to Google Maps, nearly three times the distance across the Grand Canyon that Wallenda crossed Sunday.
Wallenda, according to his website, became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a 2-inch tightrope, a feat he completed in June 2012. Wallenda’s family has its share of daredevils: Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the “Flying Wallendas,” who have been performing high-wire acts without safety nets for decades.
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