Ray Kelly shoots down idea of Nik Wallenda tightroping in New York
There won't be any Wallendas "flying" around two of New York's greatest icons, the top cop said Monday.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly shot down the idea of Nik Wallenda tightrope walking between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building, a day after the high-flying daredevil walked across the Grand Canyon on a two-inch thick cable.
After completing the walk, Wallenda set his sights on the Big Apple, but Kelly said that would simply be too risky.
"I would say no," Kelly said, according to reports. "I think it's dangerous. He walked across the Grand Canyon, and obviously there's water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Here, there's thousands of New Yorkers who certainly could be put at risk. So I don't think it would be wise in this city."
Wallenda, 34, is part of the famous "Flying Wallenda" high-wire artist family, and on Sunday night completed a harness-free tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon. Last year he walked a tightrope across the Niagra Falls.