Teenager Climbs to the Top of the World Trade Center

East, Media, Skyscrapers
Friday, March 21, 2014
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The view from the top. (Courtesy Time)

The view from the top. (Courtesy Time)

In a story that’s equal parts Spy Kids and Man On Wire, a New Jersey teenager climbed to the top of World Trade Center on Sunday because… YOLO? The New York Post reported that the 16-year-old climbed through a construction gate a Ground Zero and got into an elevator at the World Trade Center where a friendly (confused?) construction worker took him up 88 flights. He then got out, climbed up the remaining 16 flights, snuck past a sleeping security guard, and hung out for two hours atop the tallest tower in America.

Since all good things must come to an end, on his way back down, the adventurous teen was caught by a non-sleeping construction worker. Now, get this—the friendly elevator operator who brought him up there has been reassigned and, brace yourself, the sleeping construction worker was fired.

For all those hoping to take in the view from the top of the tower—but not brave enough to scale up a 1,700-foot construction site—there’s good news. Time recently published some incredible panoramic photos from the top of the building. Those will just have to do for now.

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