In 2006, he [Renaldo Clarke who climbed the building last week] said, he attended a presentation about the Times Building, a skyscraper that opened in 2007. He studied a scale model and collected written materials on the design. He fortified his spirit with “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” a children’s book about Philippe Petit, the Frenchman who danced on a high wire strung between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
Last Thursday, one of Mr. Clarke’s friends videotaped him as he moved from the sidewalk up the base of the Times tower. Traffic stopped. Thousands watched from Eighth Avenue.