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OK, this is getting ridiculous: Barely a month after two men climbed the New York Times building on the same day, a third man attempted the same feat this morning. He won’t be setting any onsight or speed-ascent records, though, since he only made it a few stories above the fifth floor.
David Malone, described as a 29-year-old activist from Connecticut, climbed to the fifth story and unfurled a banner advertising his book and web site, “Bin Laden’s Plan” over the “T” in “Times” on the building’s face. He hung out for four hours before surrendering to police. The two previous climbers, Alain Robert and Reynaldo Clarke, climbed all the way to the top of the 52-story building to bring attention to global warming and malaria, respectively.
The city of New York is already trying to pass a law to prevent further urban daredevilry with harsher punishments, but it apparently can’t come fast enough. The New York Times Company announced plans to remove some of the decorative ceramic rods that cover the outside of their brand-new building; these rods act like a ladder, making it easier for even inexperienced climbers to go all Spider-Man on the face of their offices.
If the New York Times building has a “ladder” covering the outside, isn’t that like cheating? I mean, wouldn’t a ladder on the face of El Cap change the accomplishment? What about ladders on Everest? Oh, right.
— Ted Alvarez
Third Man Climbs Times Building and Is Arrested (NY Times)