NYC roof-jumping daredevil says he was ‘just doing my job’

The daring daredevil, who was seen leaping from branch to branch on the roof of a historic Manhattan high-rise, said the filmed stunt was a day’s work.

Joe Smizaski, the director of operations for the Financial District building at 90 West St., told The Post he was amazed that the video of him in a suit and tie leaping between the trusses near the top of the 304-foot-tall building , Tuesday went viral.

“I was shocked when I saw the video,” said the New Jersey contractor. “I’ve been doing this for 42 years and I’m just amazed that people just make a big deal about it.”

For him, the death-defying feat was just a routine task – and a perfectly safe one at that.

“I just did my job at the end of the day and came home safe to my kids because I know what I’m doing,” said Smizaski, a father of three.

Joe Smizaski
Joe Smizaski said he was just doing his job as he jumped from branch to branch hundreds of feet off the ground.

Smizaski, 60, climbed onto the roof through a 23rd-floor window to check on a resident’s leaking skylight as the city was hit by rain for the fourth straight day.

He jumped over the gaps between the landmark building’s rafters without a safety line or equipment.

The apartment building is nearly the same height as the Statue of Liberty, but Smizaski said the daring jumps were perfectly safe — adding that a Department of Building inspector went up there with him earlier in the day.

“[The building inspector] had no security, I had no security… you can’t have anything on the roof,” Smizaski said. “It was safe for me, it was safe for him. It wasn’t as dangerous as people think.”

Man in suit jumps from one roof awning to another.
Smizaski agreed that the video looked like a stunt from a movie scene.
A man in a suite climbs into a window from the top of a building gable.
Smizaski used no safety equipment while moving around the roof to check a resident’s leaking skylight.

However, the contractor admitted that the footage of him crashing across the roof in a suit looked like a scene straight out of a 007 film.

“It just looked [dangerous] from this video because it looked like a stunt video,” he said.

Smizaski said he wears a suit and tie so he looks respectable when he meets clients in their “fancy, rich” apartments. He said he rushed back over the branches because he felt raindrops while on the roof and wanted to avoid getting caught in a potential downpour.

“I knew what I was doing; I was going at a fast pace and it was fine,” he said. “I don’t do anything unsafe and I don’t let my men do anything unsafe.”

Joe Smizaski in a cherry picker lift.
Smizaski was shocked that the video went viral and claimed his roof inspection was completely safe.

Smizaski is still amazed that the video of his rooftop ride is going viral.

“Someone said they saw it in China and Britain,” he said. “It’s weird, man. It wasn’t that dangerous.”

He got a kick out of some of the comments though.

“I thought the funniest thing I read was that I cheated on my wife and my wife caught me with my mistress and I ran out the window,” he said, adding that his wife has been dead since 2010 , when she was killed in a house fire.

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