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Ascent From Heaven

On May 26, 1977, a Queens mountain climber became a New York folk hero by scaling the 1,350-foot South Tower of the World Trade Center. Wearing jeans and using equipment he tested in secret at night,” the 27-year-old made the ascent “to the delight of thousands of pedestrians who watched his 3-and-a-half-hour effort,” The New York Times reported. The man, George H. Willig, was arrested by the Port Authority police and given 3 summonses. He was later served with a $250,000 suit by New York City. “But to the people on the street he was a hero,” The Times reported

Even the officers assigned to climb up with him congratulated him on his achievement. “Officer Allen, who as a member of Emergency Service Squad 1 has rescued potential suicides and been as high as the top of the George Washington Bridge towers in his work, seemed elated after his assignment yesterday — and full of admiration for Mr. Willig, who, he said, ‘was in fantastic shape,’” The Times noted. Our staff photographer Tyrone Dukes took this photo of George climbing as 2 police officers followed in a window washer’s scaffold. Why did he do it? “It was a personal challenge, a challenge to my ingenuity,” George told the paper

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I’ll See You In Zeptember

I’m leaving for Hawaii today.  I know, crazy, but hurricanes cannot stop me from going to where I’ve longed to go

be back soon

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Bros Before Barnum

The Ringling Bros (Alf, John, Charles, Al and Otto) – Kings of the Circus World, 1908

and here in 1898

and in a time when they had less staches

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Italian Warm Cut

a chef cooking spaghetti at an Italian restaurant on 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York City, 1953

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Dog Guide

With a ferris wheel as a backdrop lovely Arlene Shaw, the 1967 National Hot Dog Queen holds a sign proclaiming the 100th anniversary of the fabled ‘frank.’ Arlene will reign over a champagne ‘hot dog’ party to be held on the boardwalk at Nathan’s in Coney Island June 30th celebrating the centennial of that extraordinary edible known as ‘Coney Island Red Hots’

Arlene Shaw, Miss Hot Dog Centennial at Coney Island with glass of champagne, June 30, 1967

Miss Coney Island Arlene Shaw takes a dip with Polar Bear Club members, May 1968

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