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Flying Wallendas Pull off Dramatic Times Square Stunt

They safely crossed on high wire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2019 12:40 AM CDT
Aerialists Nik Wallenda, right, and his sister Lijana walk on a high wire above Times Square, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason Szenes)
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(Newser) – Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on Sunday night on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement. Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he was nervous, the AP reports. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him for the first time since her near-fatal accident in 2017, when she broke nearly every bone in her face. The siblings walked from opposite ends of the 1,300-foot wire suspended between the towers, crossing each other in the middle, where Lijana Wallenda sat on the wire and let her brother step over her. Both then continued to the opposite side. Their latest daredevil stunt was streamed live Sunday on ABC. They were wearing tethered safety harnesses required by the city in case they fell. (Read more Nik Wallenda stories.)

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