Spider-Man unmasked! REAL reason why man was seen making death-defying leaps across NYC building

Spider-Man unmasked! REAL reason why man was seen making death-defying leaps across NYC building
A building contractor went above and beyond when he was notified of a leak on the 23rd floor of a high-rise (Instagram/@erik_ljung)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: On the top of 90 West Street, a well-dressed daredevil was seen leaping from roof to roof hundreds of feet above the street. A viral video posted on Tuesday, October 4 showed a man daringly leaping across the awnings of a high-rooftop building in New York City close to the 9/11 memorial.

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The dapper daredevil was actually a building contractor who was checking a leaky skylight at the time, according to the New York Post. The quick-footed construction worker, according to Andrea, a resident of the 115-year-old building, climbed through the window of an apartment on the 23rd level after taking pictures of the leak in her home. Andrea, who resides on the 22nd floor, stated, "My skylight leaks — it's been raining for five days. Andrew, the super in the building, got the construction guy to come up and look at it."

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The building contractor can be seen taking pictures of the leak. (Instagram/@erik_ljung)
The building contractor can be seen taking pictures of the leak (Instagram/@erik_ljung)

Andrea added, "Next thing I know, I'm in the kitchen looking up at him and he's up there on the skylight taking pictures." She claimed that the contractor, who was dressed in a suit and dress shoes while performing the risky leaps, climbed the roof without any protective gear or ropes.

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Andrea said, "He was really on top of those roofs with nothing. I mean, I just thought it was a little crazy. That's all there was to it. He got out through a window on the 23rd floor and that's all there is to it." The now-viral video was recorded by Emmy Award-winning director Erik Ljung, who claims to have seen the daredevil while in a meeting with other filmmakers on October 4, Tuesday morning.

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In the video, the contractor can be seen making a phone call on the roof before leaping through at least five awnings, each with steep slopes and no safety net. Ljung, Chicago-born, said, "He looked oddly comfortable doing this. I'm from out of town, so I figured it was just another weird New York moment."

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Around 9.50 am, Ljung and his crew of ten people were debating whether or not to shoot outside while he assessed the weather and light conditions. He said, "I looked outside to see if the clouds were going to break. And I saw this guy jumping from awning to awning,"

The construction worker jumped over at least five awnings. (Instagram/@erik_ljung)
The construction worker jumped over at least five awnings (Instagram/@erik_ljung)

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Ljung said. "I was like, 'Yo — you guys have to check this out... Everyone came over to the window to look. At first, we thought he was a parkour guy — but he wasn't young and didn't seem in shape, and he wasn't taking selfies. He was in a suit and dress shoes and it had been raining, so it seemed unnecessarily risky."

Ljung exclaimed, "That's hilarious," after learning via New York Post that the mystery man was a contractor. "He went up there, did his job, jumped back across —  and he was wearing dress shoes," he added. 

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