Lucinda Grange has an interesting hobby. It’s been called stunt climbing, thrill seeking and urban exploring.
We met at a popular New York City spot called, The Adventure Café. A cute little place in the East Village, perfectly named for our talk.
“We’re all confined by barriers,” she says. “I’m going outside of the box turning the urban jungle into my jungle.”
With her camera in hand, she has climbed and roamed dozens of abandoned and forbidden landmarks around the world.
Notre Dame in Paris, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, hidden sewer passages in Berlin, and Kings Reach Tower in London to name a few.
This is not considered to be a safe sideline, but the rewards far outnumber the anxiety that she feels when she reaches her goal.
Lucinda has stood on the eagles at the top of the Chrysler Building twice and scaled the Manhattan Bridge, all while being mindful of not getting spotted by security helicopters.
And summiting to the top of the great pyramid in Giza meant averting jail time. With views of sandy desert and the lights of Cairo in the distance, the descent was like a gradual reintroduction into the world below.
She is part of a unique group of adventurers who climb famous bridges, roam tunnels beneath our feet and perch themselves on buildings high above the streets and sidewalks.
At 12 years of age she had her first taste of adventure at a local quarry. Soon after she was climbing large bridges.
“The first time was the hardest,” she says. “But it taught me that I could do something more dangerous the next time.”
The more she did, the more rewarding it became for her. Although she does not urge others to do what she does, she encourages everyone to look and explore life outside of their comfort zone.
“Camping on rooftops is a great way to connect with your city, where the city lights become your stars.”
She wants people to look at their environment differently.
Going to the end of the subway platform and looking down the tracks to imagine what else is there, or visiting the roof of your office building.
Lucinda feels that by doing these micro adventures, people will get a more personal connection to their surroundings.
“Turn fear or curiosity into excitement and appreciate the views and feelings that come with it.”
And maybe the next time, you will venture down, up or in.
Lucinda Grange will be showing in a new exhibition, “Almost Green” at the Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery in New York City. It opens at the end of June 2018.