Two Daredevils Climb Times Tower

One is a celebrated French climber known for such stunts
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 7:14 PM CDT
A man climbs the New York Times' tower Thursday June 5, 2008, in New York.    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – Two men scaled the New York Times' 52-story headquarters today within hours of each other, the New York Post reports. Police identified the first as Alain Robert, a French climber known as Spiderman for scaling skyscrapers with minimal equipment. He unfurled a banner reading, “Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week.” A second man, unidentified, climbed the building hours later. Both were arrested.

Robert, whose conquests include the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House, also wore a T-shirt promoting On the site, an open letter reads: “Today is World Environment Day. I have climbed in New York, to create support for far greater and urgent action from world leaders on global warming. Emissions are still climbing. So am I.” Charges are pending.