There was a great story about Philippe Petit in Sunday's NY Times. Petit, a tightrope walker, had walked between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, only to be arrested, have his charges dropped and be "sentenced" to entertain people in Central Park, and over the weekend, he was in Washington Square Park to re-stage, in a way, his walk. While Petit performed on a chalk line and did a lot of pantomime and juggling, we remember a famous quote of his, "When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk." Because there's no way anything like Petit's walk could really happen again in this new age, we can only wonder what other simple, honest acts of beauty we may miss.

Gothamist loves the beautiful Mordecai Gerstein children's book about Petit's World Trade Center book, The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers. And Petit's own book, To Reach the Clouds, goes into amazing detail about how he pulled off the stunt.