Image via The New York Times“It’s amazing that I can see everything,” he says in the video. “Central Park, all the way down to the World Trade Center. It’s just me, my partner, and the window. That’s it.” Mr. Toledo, a window washer since 2009, describes the tranquility of his job, saying, “Up there, you don’t hear nothing.”
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Images via The New York TimesAs everyone reaches the ground, Mr. Toledo says, “People think I’m crazy, but I prefer to be in the air looking at people working in the office, than me working in the office. Cause I don’t stay there on the computer all day.” He adds that his job isn’t scary—he in fact thinks that roller coasters are more frightening. But it’s certainly not easy to get this job, and naturally, there are dangers that come with it. According to The New York Times, window washers undergo extensive training beforehand. Some must spend up to 216 hours in a classroom, and another 3,000 hours for hands-on experience. Training includes learning how to handle equipment malfunctions and bad weather. For window washers, especially those like Cristian who work at heights, wind can be life-threatening. This is why window washers don’t work at large heights if winds are more than 25 mph.
Image via The New York TimesJust as he knows its stunning perks, Mr. Toledo also understands the serious risks of his job. “The wind is my worst enemy. If for any reason I get disconnected from the building, the wind is gonna flip me over,” he said in the article. Mr. Toledo recalled a day when it was so windy that he and his partner feared the cable would break, adding, “And you think about family.” But in the end, Mr. Toledo told the Times that he loves going to work everyday and wouldn’t trade his job for anything. In a city that’s filled with commotion and people frequently working in mundane offices, the video can certainly make you envious of the respite and excitement of window washing from skyscrapers—that is, if you aren’t afraid of heights. Next, check out Skyscraper as Muse: 10 Artists Inspired by the Early Skyscrapers of NYC and A Look at Brooklyn’s Historic Skyscraper District.