French daredevil scales New York Times building

By David Edwards
Thursday, June 5, 2008 13:22 EDT
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A French skyscraper climber has been taken into custody after scaling the New York Times building in midtown Manhattan to draw attention to global warming.

During his ascent, Alain Robert unfurled a banner about global warming. Construction workers cheered.

Police took him into custody at the top of the new 52-story tower, designed by Renzo Piano.

In February, the daredevil, who’s nicknamed “Spiderman,” scaled a 42-floor building in Brazil.

Robert’s Web site says he has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers around the world.

This video is from ABCNews.com, broadcast June 5, 2008.

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(with wire reports)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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