James Kingston

Watch daredevil and frequent arrestee James Kingston hang by one hand from a giant Indian crane just because he can.

It must be fun being a professional daredevil; one would only hope the job comes with great health coverage. Or in the case of hairless orangutan/stunter James Kingston, a life-insurance policy.

The British builderer, who we last met hanging by one hand from a construction crane above nighttime Los Angeles, has upped his game. He's still hanging by one hand from a construction crane, but he's doing it in the light of day and in the alluring, tropical city of Bangalore, India. It's hard to tell how high up he is, but it seems to be the tallest structure in the area: The urban landscape below looks made of those teeny plastic Monopoly buildings.

It's been a good year for Kingston, as he's also scaled a 492-foot crane at London's South Bank Tower and landed a gig doing videos for French extreme-sports outlet EpicTV. (Possible low point: being arrested after performing a spontaneous backflip atop Ukraine's Moskovskyi Bridge.) His fan base appears ramped-up over this new exploit. "Bum-twitchingly awesome as always," says one on Facebook. Says another, maybe not understanding the concept of an adrenaline high: "Hey James Kingston do the ALS ice bucket challenge."

For those wondering if dangling above traffic might be irresponsible considering the dent his falling body would put in a car, Kingston says it's just a trick of the camera and he's not above the roadway. Have a look:

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Life

    Who’s Really Buying Property in San Francisco?

    A lot of software developers, according to an unprecedented new analysis.

  2. A man checks a route on his phone while in a car.
    Equity

    Conversations With D.C. Uber Drivers Reveal Stress and Debt

    A new report from Georgetown University reveals wage and other challenges faced by Uber drivers in Washington, D.C., yet many say they plan to keep driving.

  3. Equity

    The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed

    Manhattan’s new luxury mega-project was partially bankrolled by an investor visa program called EB-5, which was meant to help poverty-stricken areas.

  4. Transportation

    Electric Scooters Aren’t a Transportation Revolution Yet

    New data show a staggering rise in shared dockless e-scooter use nationwide. But commuting habits have seen little change since the dawn of micromobility.

  5. The facade of a casino in Atlantic City.
    Photos

    Photographing the Trumpian Urbanism of Atlantic City

    Brian Rose’s new book uses the deeply troubled New Jersey city as a window into how a developer-turned-president operates.