New York Times Dismantles Rods After 3rd Climber

Newspaper building has become a hot spot for daredevils
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2008 9:00 AM CDT
The New York Times has begun to alter the facade of its skyscraper after three men climbed up the side.   ((c) gogogadgetscott)
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(Newser) – After the third man in 5 weeks scaled the facade of the New York Times building, the newspaper has begun removing dozens of the distinctive horizontal rods that sheathe the new skyscraper. Opened last year and designed by Renzo Piano, the building has attracted death-defying climbers who have ascended all the way to the top via the ladder-like beams. The Times building's trademark rods are energy-efficient, designed to admit sunlight without overheating the interior.