New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly shot down a proposed plan by daredevil Nik Wallenda to tightrope between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
“I would say no,” Mr. Kelly told reporters Monday when asked about Mr. Wallenda’s idea of making the 4,000-foot trek above Midtown Manhattan.
Last night on live television, Mr. Wallenda traversed Arizona’s Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon on a wire without any harnesses and afterwards said he was eying the city as the site of his next stunt, according to reports.
But Mr. Kelly noted that, while the mouth of the Grand Canyon has water underneath it, the city is home to hundreds of thousands of pedestrians who would be put at risk.
“I don’t think it would be wise in this city,” he said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also asked about the proposal, but dismissed the question as frivolous at a press conference on police issues.
Mr. Wallenda, a member of the “Flying Wallendas” family, recently crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as well.