Tightrope tribute to twin towers
On Saturday, Philippe Petit, who tightrope walked between the World Trade Center tower tops in 1974, paid homage to the towers and its victims with a performance in Washington Sq. Park. In a spot near LaGuardia Pl., he started out with some crowd-pleasing juggling and unicycling stunts. Then he stretched a tightrope between a tree and lamppost. Before mounting the wire, Petit who performed in mime led the crowd in a moment of silence; he took off his hat, put it over his heart and pointed Downtown. Afterward, he signed copies of his own book and a new illustrated childrens book on his Twin Towers walk that audience members had brought with them. He collected money, doing quite well receiving many $5, $10 and $20 bills.