Since it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has been catnip for stuntmen and attention-seekers.
In the 1930s, a slender man in a one-piece bathing suit calling himself “Dare Devil Jack” does a quasi-jackknife off the bridge, up to seven times, reported the New York Daily News.
Lucky for us, on May 24, 1930, a news crew caught Jack Latkowski diving 155 feet into the East River on film.
From the moment he emerges from a car that’s pulled over to the side of the bridge to his careful climb down to a beam to his plunge into choppy waters, the “New Steve Brodie,” as he’s called, makes it look easy.
Notice how he crosses himself before his feet leave the bridge.