June 5, 2008

The skyscraper as climbing wall

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 5, 2008 7:48 PM

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...

Tags: New York City

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.)

Posted by: Josh | June 5, 2008 11:43 PM

For your dialogue to have verisimilitude, your cops need to cuss more.

Posted by: JSpur | June 6, 2008 5:46 AM

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.

Posted by: Mason | June 6, 2008 5:52 AM

do you think Alain Robert's has six fingers on his right hand?

Posted by: shellock | June 9, 2008 9:45 AM
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