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Human tower joins the Manhattan skyline

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A Catalan performance troupe attempted to set a new world record against the stunning backdrop of the New York City skyline on Wednesday.  

The 150-strong Castellers de Vilafranca were trying to build the first eight-level human tower or castell ever assembled on a rooftop, Agence France Presse reports.

The performance on a 5th Avenue roof deck was the first in a series of events to be held by the group throughout the city in honor of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex.

A performance troupe attempted to set a new world record by building an eight-level human tower on a New York City rooftop. Msnbc.com's Alex Witt reports.

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