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Gutsy Guy bets on Gambol along the Gambrels

A man in a business suit jumps between skylights at 90 West Street (below, at the intersection of Albany Street), more than 300 feet in the air.

An impromptu video of a man jumping from parapet to parapet along a rooftop 300ft above West Street went viral on Thursday, after filmmaker Erik Ljung looked out the window of a office in Brookfield Place, saw what appeared to be a daredevil tempting fate, then began recording the event with his phone.

In the video, a man in a business suit is seen leaping along the sloping tops of the skylights that project outward from the mansard roof that crowns 90 West Street. It slows down each time it hits the slope on the near side of a skylight, then picks up speed as it gallops up the slope on the other side. This gives him enough momentum to jump over the six-foot gap between each skylight, at which point he starts the process all over again. He repeated this stunt a total of seven times, taking it from one corner of the roof to the other, all at a height slightly higher than the Statue of Liberty’s torch.

Once he reaches the far corner of the roof of 90 West, the man is seen opening a window and climbing inside. As the video went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on Thursday, online speculation about the reason for the feat has tended towards picaresque, such as the theory that he was discovered dating the wife of another man then decided that fleeing through the fenestra was a safer bet than explaining himself.

Joseph Smizaski explains: “For me, it was a daily event.

The truth is much more prosaic. The outfielder’s name is Joseph Smizaski, and he’s the operations manager of Rosenwach Tank, the company that supplies and maintains the wooden tanks that dot the roofs of many Manhattan buildings.

“It wasn’t a husband catching me with his wife,” Mr Smizaski told a group of reporters gathered on West Street with a laugh Thursday morning. “I was working, taking pictures of the waterproofing that we had already done. I was on the roof preparing for an upcoming inspection by the Buildings Department.

“For me, it was a daily occurrence, Mr. Smizaski continued. “I stayed close to the slope of the mansard roof, so I had something to hold on to if I slipped. I dress nicely when I’m up there because people are more likely to let me in if I knock on their window wearing a suit.

Mr. Smizaski patiently answered questions until his phone rang, then had to hastily apologize. Another member of the video’s audience had just arrived at 90 West Street. “An inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to talk to me,” he explained.

Matthew Fenton

Promoting velocipedes

The borough president proposes to convert a lane on West Street to bicycles

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine has proposed removing the westernmost thoroughfare of West Street from Chambers to West 57th Street (and possibly beyond) to create a new two-way cycle lane. Read more…

Better than mops and buckets

The $52 billion plan to protect New York from flooding

The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft feasibility study and environmental impact statement for its plan to protect the New York area from future flooding, following extreme weather events. This plan selects from half a dozen options that were under consideration and chooses one that envisions large anti-flood valves in 18 communities facing direct exposure to catastrophic storm surges. Read more…

“No way this could have been predicted”

A doorman and a woman attacked in Rector Square

Amid growing concerns about violent street crime in Lower Manhattan, the night porter at the Liberty House (377 Rector Place) condominium and a nearby pedestrian were assaulted in the early hours of Monday morning. Read more…

Eyes to the Sky, October 7-9, 2022

The brightest planet Jupiter in 59 years

In the evening twilight, look east to the horizon line to see the rise of the planet Jupiter. Not seen this big and bright since 1963, this is a must-see time to see the largest planet in our solar system. Two planetary events that rarely coincide explain Jupiter’s exceptional appearance in Earth’s skies over the next two weeks. The most dramatic times to see the large gaseous planet are when it rises and sets. Try looking east this Sunday, October 9, when the full hunter moon rises at 6:34 p.m. Jupiter will rise at 5:51 p.m. the same evening, preceding the moon. The two roam the night sky in tandem.

Judy Isaacoff,

friday october 7

12 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

Gentle and stimulating yoga session. Part of the Fandango Skip, a temporary facility offering ice cream and mental health support.

4-5.30 p.m.

Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

Participants will use the shapes, patterns and colors of the city as inspiration to create a series of postcards reflecting the overlooked corners of Battery City Park and Brookfield Place. Part of the Fandango Skip. Free.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

Caribbean Dance Fitness is an energetic, fun and liberating experience that promotes community and culture. Part of the Fandango Skip.

7 p.m.

McNally Jackson, 4 Fulton Street

Poet Sharon Olds in conversation with Sarah Ruhl.

Saturday October 8

10:30 a.m.


Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place

Explore New York City’s transportation and subway system with a reading aloud from Christoph Niemann’s Subway picture book. 4-8 years old. RSVP required. Free.

1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Governors Island

Monoprinting is a type of engraving whose purpose is to create a unique image. All materials will be provided, no prior experience necessary. $20

2 p.m.

South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street

Several buildings in the historic South Street Seaport district are considered some of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From taverns to warehouses, built by the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have great stories to tell. Free.

3 p.m.

Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

In this workshop, participants will activate their senses through creative self-discovery through collage and crystal singing bowls. Part of the Fandango Skip. Free.

Sunday October 9


Pier 17

The Hester brand is known for its curated selection of artisan New York fashion, art, design, jewelry, crafts, music and food vendors.

12 p.m.

Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

New York-based psychotherapist and writer Alex Mammadyarov will speak about the intersection of loss and identity, guiding attendees through a brief, introspective writing exercise. Part of the Fandango Skip.

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Governors Island

Interactive drum dance workshop using rhythmic steps, clapping and the occasional shout to explore sounds and create new dances or reinvent old ones. No prior experience required. No tap shoes required. Free.

1 p.m.

Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

Workshop to release your pent up anger and frustration. Part of the Fandango Skip, a temporary facility offering ice cream and mental health support.

3 p.m.

Trinity Church

Versatile and prolific bassist, composer and jazz icon Dave Holland performs a powerful set with a trio of jazz stars consisting of guitarist Kevin Eubanks and drummer Eric Harland. Free.

5 p.m.

Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

Sound and meditation practice focused on holistic healing. Part of the Fandango Skip.

Lower Manhattan Green Markets

Tribeca Green Market

Greenwich Street and Chambers Street

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (composting program: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Bowling Green Green Market

Broadway and Whitehall Street

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (composting program: 8 a.m.-11 a.m.)

World Trade Center Oculus Green Market

Tuesdays, 8am-5pm

The Fulton Stalls Outdoor Market

91 South Street, between Fulton and John streets

Covered market: Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CSA collection: Thursday, 4-6 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Outdoor market: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Today in History

October 7

Today is the birthday of Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1931). The South African Anglican theologian and human rights activist won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He died on December 26, 2021. Photo by Benny Gool.

3761 BC – The era reference date (origin) of the modern Hebrew calendar.

1691 – The charter for the province of Massachusetts Bay is published.

1763 – King George III issues the Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing Native North American lands north and west of the Alleghenies to white settlements.

1870 – During the Franco-Prussian War, French Interior Minister Léon Gambetta escapes the siege of Paris in a hot air balloon.

1940 – During World War II, the McCollum note proposes to bring the United States into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.

1988 – A hunter discovers three gray whales trapped under the ice near Alaska; the situation becomes a multinational effort to free the whales.

1996 – Fox News Channel begins broadcasting.

2001 – The US invasion of Afghanistan begins with an air assault and covert ground operations.

2008 – Asteroid 2008 TC3 strikes Earth over Sudan, the first time an asteroid impact is detected before it enters Earth’s atmosphere.


1879 – Joe Hill, labor activist and poet (died 1915)

1885 – Niels Bohr, physicist and philosopher, Nobel laureate (died 1962)

1917 – June Allyson, actress (died 2006)

1931 – Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and activist, Nobel laureate (died 2021)

1943 – Oliver North, US Colonel (Iran – Contra)

1952 – Vladimir Putin, colonel and politician, fourth president of Russia

1955 – Yo-Yo Ma, Franco-American cellist and educator


1849 – Edgar Allan Poe, short story writer, poet and critic (b. 1809)

1894 – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., physician, author and poet (b. 1809)

1956 – Clarence Birdseye, businessman, founded Birds Eye (b. 1886)

1991 – Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (born in 1905)

2009 – Irving Penn, photographer (b. 1917)

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