Volume 74, Number 20 | September 15 - 21 , 2004

Picture Story

Villager photos by Ramin Talaie

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 children’s 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.

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