Highwire Daredevil Comes Down to Earth at Abrons

Philippe Petit will perform in Wireless! at Abrons Arts Center June 16-18

The world famous French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, known for his daredevil trip between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in 1974, will present his first theatrical one-man show, Wireless! A Work in Progress, at the Abrons Arts Center on Thursday.

Petit’s book, To Reach The Clouds (re-titled Man On Wire in paperback), which recounts one of the most astounding “artistic crimes” of all time, is the subject of the brilliant Academy Award-winning documentary film, Man On Wire.

Friday News Links

The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public on July 4th.

MTA head Elliot "Lee" Sander steps down. The governor will have the chance to put his stamp on the troubled agency.

The New York Times profiles Abrons Arts Center Director Jay Wegman. The Times says the center is "gaining a reputation as one of the last standing locations for avant garde performance downtown." Wegman, who is a practicing priest, says "People put religious people into a box, and clergy into a smaller box… I don’t even address the box.”  There's a bit of news embedded in the profile: Philippe Petit, who gained fame for his high wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974, is considering a one-man show at Abrons.

Serious Eats calls the churros at the Doughnut Plant "beyond lust worthy."

Later today: look for a preview of Community Board 3's alcohol licensing committee meeting on Monday. A community group is mobilizing to oppose a proposed restaurant at the corner of Essex & Canal. We'll look at the state of restaurants & bars below Delancey.