The skyscraper as climbing wall

We had the TV on at work during lunch and managed to see Alain Robert scaling the New York Times building. The feed cut away before he reached the top, which was sad because we were all hoping to see the greeting from the welcoming committee of police officers standing on the roof—this was not an authorized ascent. However, I have to assume the dialogue went something like this:

NYPD: I do not suppose you could speed things up?
Robert: If you’re in such a hurry, you could lower a rope, or a tree branch, or find something useful to do.
NYPD: I could do that. In fact, I’ve got some rope up here. But I do not think that you will accept my help, since I am only waiting around to arrest you.
Robert: That does put a damper on our relationship.

Meanwhile, some dude from Brooklyn thought this was sufficiently awesome that he went out and climbed it himself hours later. Pretty soon there’ll be guided tours up the side of the Times building…

4 thoughts on “The skyscraper as climbing wall

  1. Josh

    I think of this brooklyn copycat as the Venom to Alain Robert’s Spider-Man.
    (Although don’t get me wrong. Venom does rock. More than he did in the movie by far.)

  2. Mason

    What would be really awesome is if the cops climbed up there faster than he did and then arrested him when he got there. :) It would make for a better chase scene than their reaching the top another way.

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