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Run Wild in New York City

Words: Alexander Macheck
Photography: Ben Franke

These parkour pros have made running an art form. And in the concrete jungle of New York City, they have the world’s most famous playground at their disposal

In the city’s canyons

Top: Erik Mukhametshin leaps between steel joists in the New York subway. One foot wrong and it’s goodbye front teeth.
Below: The Boss (Pasha Petkuns) rests for a moment. 

In the city’s canyons

In New York City’s canyons

Times Square

Juan Rosario does the Human Flag on the side of a sightseeing bus. “A lot of people just walked past as if there wasn’t something absolutely extraordinary happening,” says photographer Franke. Welcome to New York City…


Times Square

A half-naked man who does the Human Flag on the side of a bus - something that doesn’t really attract a lot of attention in this city

Pasha Petkuns in action:

© Ben Franke // Vimeo

Eight Avenue

Pasha ‘The Boss’ Petkuns uses a steel joist at this subway station to gather enough momentum for a backflip

8th Avenue

Backflips in the subway station: no problem for ‘The Boss’

Williamsburg Bridge

Erik Mukhametshin does a backflip as a subway train passes beneath him. Illegal? Whatever. It’s not like the cops are out to stop these parkour pros. Later, in Union Square, some officers even play along, turning on their siren as one of the guys leaps over a squad car

Williamsburg Bridge

And… action! The police turn on their sirens and drama is guaranteed

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04 2016 The Red Bulletin

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