Flying Wallendas to cross Times Square on a high wire

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Aerialist Nik Wallenda talks with the media about his planned high-wire act, Thursday, June 20, 2019 in New York. Wallenda and his sister Lijana will cross Times Square on a high wire on Sunday. He is holding a cable similar to the one that will stretch across the square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine crossing Times Square on a high wire between skyscrapers, 25 stories above the pavement.

If all goes well, that will be reality Sunday for two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas (vah-LEN’-dahs) circus family. Their latest daredevil stunt will be streamed live Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.

Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he’s nervous. His sister, Lijana (lee-WAH’-nah) Wallenda, plans to join him for the first time since her near-fatal accident in 2017, when she broke nearly every bone in her face.

Aerialist Nik Wallenda talks with the media about his planned high-wire act, Thursday, June 20, 2019 in New York. Wallenda and his sister Lijana will cross Times Square on a high wire on Sunday. He is holding a cable similar to the one that will stretch across the square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The siblings will walk from opposite ends of the 1,300-foot wire (396-meter) suspended between the towers, crossing each other in the middle.

They’ll be wearing tethered safety harnesses required by the city in case they fall.

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