From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):
The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.
“We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”
Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
About 80,000 people packed the heart of the tourism area of Niagara Falls on Canada Day, the largest gathering of people in the city since an estimated 100,000 watched Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk over the Horseshoe Falls in 2012.
“It was tremendous,” said Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson.
“That was the number that our Niagara Parks Police recorded in the immediate area of the falls, and around Murray Hill, Clifton Hill, on the (Niagara) Parkway.”
Thomson said she believes the crowd reflects the “fact that we’ve been enjoying an uptick in tourism.”
“We’ve seen more visitors in general, and now for this to be a very special holiday, coupled with the American 4th of July holiday, we just saw an amazing amount of visitors.”
From Global News (includes video):
The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls.
Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls.
The one comment that was left on that page at the time I posted this had a one word comment… “Why?” 🙂
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
The Niagara Falls Common Council approved $35,000 for a June 15 stunt over Niagara Falls that will feature the wife of famed Niagara Falls tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda.
Erendira Wallenda, an acrobat, plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter over the falls on June 15, the five-year anniversary of Nik’s stunt.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Nik Wallenda knows death haunts every step he takes on the high wire. As the great grandson of Karl Wallenda — the German emigre and patriarch of the Flying Wallendas who perished in 1978 on a wire badly strung between two towers of the Condado Plaza hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico — he also knows that some of the millions of viewers who have tuned in to his treacherous traverses of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon are waiting for a snuff film. “I’m sure there’s a percentage saying, ‘I hope he falls,’ ” says Wallenda.
From the Niagara Gazette:
Nik Wallenda enjoyed a day-off in Niagara Falls on Monday, taking a jet boat and helicopter ride with family, friends and cast members of his Darien Lake show.
Along with performing at Darien Lake, he is also performing at the Erie County Fair on Sunday. I’m going on Saturday, so I will be missing it