Tourists who take a steamer along the Harlem River from New York, have recently found an additional soectacle to enjoy as they pass the Bronx area of Manhatten.
Tourists who take a steamer along the Harlem River from New York, have recently found an additional soectacle to enjoy as they pass the Bronx area of Manhatten. Dare-devil young boys from the city have found they can mimic the natives of Acapulco, Mexico by diving from the top of hundred-foot high cliffs into the river where the Harlem joins Hudson.
Most of the spots where they jump, the cliff is a sheer drop and the danger is minimal. But in other places the rock bulges out, and the lads can only pass it safely by taking a running leap into the water. The tourists on the passing steamers are impressed, and the guides now mention the in their narration as they pass the cliffs.
Some of the passengers are even moved to throw coins from the boats into the river, but, unlike Acapulco, the water is too mirky for the boys to find them. The only reward they expect for their stunt, is a round of applause. If this sounds too thin, they stop jumping until the boats have passed by, and then resume for their own private kicks.
These budding stuntmen are generally aged between twelve and fourteen. Like most city kids from the Bronx, they are bold, cool and unafraid. Unafraid, that is, about heights. Parents are a different matter. One youngster told TVN reporter, Andy MacMillan, that his mother thought he was at the swimming pool. "When she knows I'm here", he said, "I'm dead."