City snips Wallenda hopes for NYC high-wire stunt

Posted at 11:07 PM, Jun 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-24 23:07:21-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – officials today said Nik Wallenda would not be permitted to cross between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building by way of a tightrope. Saying the stunt would put ‘thousands of New Yorkers at risk,’ Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly indicated his opposition to the proposal.

On Sunday, just minutes after completing the feat, Wallenda revealed his hopes that his next walk would be between the two iconic NYC landmarks. The walk would be twice the distance of the stunt on Sunday, during which Wallenda (who did not appear to be in the best shape of his life) looked significantly fatigued. Evidence of the riskiness of high wire acts is well document and quite personal even for Wallenda, whose own grandfather died while performing a high wire stunt.

In 2006, a stuntman tried to jump off the 86th floor of the Empire State Building when security officers grabbed and handcuffed him to the railing, ultimately charging him with reckless endangerment. While it’s clear such stunts can present a danger to both the participant and bystanders, there are examples of the imagination and excitement an electrifying stunt can inspire. Perhaps none as famous as the 1974 unendorsed walk between the World Trade Towers. The elaborate planning and execution of the stunt became the subject of an award winning documentary “Man on Wire.”