For the station’s 75th anniversary in 1987, Petit, with the permission of officials, completed a tightrope walk 80 feet above Grand Central Terminal’s marble floor, without safety netting. The daredevil had to wait for a 12-minute lull inbetween trains so that vibrations wouldn’t shake him from his perilous perch, on a 150-foot long wire connecting the north and south windows. No one was allowed to stand beneath the high-wire in case Petite slipped and fell.
“It’s a dream for me to put my high wire there again,” Petit told The Post of the idea. “It’s a space that calls for a high wire.”
Petit is perhaps best known for his unsanctioned stunts at the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Notre Dame, and most famously, for illegally walking from the roof of one Twin Tower to the next in 1974, a stunt that was the subject of the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary “Man On Wire.”