Two siblings from the famed Flying Allendes safely crossed Times Square on a high wire hung between two tall towers 25 stories above the ground.
Their latest daredevil stunt was streamed live and was watched by thousands of spectators from below. The two were wearing tethered safety harnesses required by the city law in case they fell.
Nick Allende’s high-wire walks above Niagara Falls, the Chicago skyline, and the Little Colorado River Gorge near Grand Canyon National Park were watched by many on national television.
Who are they?
Nick Walled is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he said he was nervous. His sister, Liana Walled, joined him on 23rd July night for the first time since her near-fatal accident in 2017. That fall almost costed her life when she broke nearly every bone in her face.
Siblings Nick and Liana Walled wave as they prepare to pass each other on a wire over Times Square in New York, June 23, 2019. They successfully walked a quarter-mile on a wire strung 25 stories above Midtown Manhattan.
The siblings walked from opposite ends of the 1,300-foot wire which is about 396-meter suspended between the towers, even taking a risky endure of crossing each other in the middle. Liana Walled sat on the wire and let her brother step over her. Both then continued to the opposite side.
The wire walk had the feel of an old-time spectacle, and spectators who packed Times Square seemed for the moment immune to the flashy billboards and other distractions.
Spectators applauded from the street as the Allendes performed overhead. After they crossed in the middle of the wire, Mr. Allende, 40, finished more quickly than his sister a d they both reached the safe end finishing the death-defying stunt.