New York City: Tightrope Walker’s Next Target?

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. But the
New York City Police Department might
squelch those plans.
New York Police Commissioner Raymond
Kelly dismissed the idea at a press
conference this morning, The Associated
Press reported, citing the high possibility
of danger to pedestrians if Wallenda
were to fall.
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.
Alyse Vellturo, who works for Wallenda’s
management company DSW
Entertainment, told 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. Wallenda
walked 1,400 feet across the Grand
Canyon, which is roughly equivalent to
two-tenths of a mile, Reuters reported.
For more on the famous tightrope
walker, see photos of Wallenda’s feat.
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.