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NY Post
New York Post
8 Apr 2023


NextImg:NYC has long history of daredevils illegally climbing high-rises

Five teens nabbed for climbing the Williamsburg Bridge are the latest in a long line of daring acrobats who have scaled city structures in the last decade.

In 2014, law enforcement was appalled when scrawny, 16-year-old Justin Casquejo of New Jersey snuck past sleeping guards and up to the roof of One World Trade in the middle of the night. 

Three years later, a Manhattan Court granted Casquejo a no-jail plea deal for the charges he faced for climbing the tower, as well as charges he’d accumulated from being arrested on three other occasions – all for similar, death-defying ascents. 

After the court’s ruling, the teen told The Post he was relieved. 

“I’m absolutely happy I’m not in prison,” Casquejo said.

In 2016, two daredevils were slapped with reckless endangerment charges for separate incidents in which they climbed Manhattan buildings – with both of them posting their illegal ascents on social media.

James McNally of Brooklyn was nabbed on March 20, 2016, for trekking up a 66-story high-rise at 70 Pine Street, just two months after he was busted for climbing to the top of 75-story One57 in Midtown, which houses the Park Hyatt hotel and luxury condos.

James McNally of Brooklyn posted videos of himself illegally climbing skyscrapers.
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McNally was nabbed by police for climbing buildings twice.

McNally was nabbed by police for climbing buildings twice.
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McNally, who was 34 at the time, had posted over two years’ worth of videos online showing himself scaling buildings.

A Manhattan judge released him without bail in both cases. 

Just a couple of months later, on May 12, well-known Russian climber Pavel Gogulan was arrested as he was trying to scale the 38-story Seagram building on Park Avenue.

Pavel Gogulan scales the side of the Seagram Building in 2016.

Pavel Gogulan scales the side of the Seagram Building in 2016.

The wall-crawler had been posting photos of himself atop New York City high-rises for months before he was busted.