By Lee Celano
Swinging upside down on a trapeze above Manhattan, Josh Cohen gains enough height to catch the “flyer.” He calls out “Listo!” meaning he is ready. “Hep!” Cohen shouts to Greg Cooper, the signal for him to let go of the fly bar and launch out for Cohen’s hands. The catch is made. After swinging back twice, Cooper lets go, turns in mid air and grabs the bar, completing the “return.”
Trapeze School New York is located on a rooftop at Pier 40 on the Hudson River. Since 2002, students of all ages learn trapeze maneuvers with the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan as a backdrop. Twice a week, the staff and advanced performers like Cohen and Cooper practice well into the night honing their technique and style.