Flying Wallendas Make History By Crossing Times Square 25 Stories in the Air
Nik and Lijana Wallenda, a.k.a. the Flying Wallendas, made history on Sunday night by becoming the first people to cross New York City’s Times Square on a tightrope 25 stories above the city streets. CNN reports that a huge crowd gathered below as the siblings made the nerve-racking, 1,300-foot crossing between 1 Times Square and 2 Times Square. Nik started first from 2 Times Square at 9:20 p.m. and Lijana started about a minute later at 1 Times Square. They slowly made their way toward the other, chatting and singing along the way, and met in the middle after 17 minutes. “This has been my life, longer than I’ve been alive,” Nik said at one point during the wire walk. The Times Square feat was Lijana’s first time performing since she was seriously injured in a 2017 fall, when she and four others fell 30 feet from a tightrope during a rehearsal.