Brooklyn Bridge Would-Be Jumper

The Brooklyn Bridge is shut down in both directions Saturday afternoon as police report the presence of a jumper. A BHB reader reported talking to police while stranded in a cab on the bridge, and confirmed that cops are trying to talk down a man spotted pacing back and forth on the Manhattan tower of the bridge. Update: The man was talked down by NYPD.

New York Post: “A man climbed to the top of a tower of the Brooklyn Bridge — and a trio of cops is trying to get him down. Two more cops, wearing helmets and orange vests, were spotted scaling the cables to get to the top of the 276-foot tower. It was unclear how he got to the top, or if he was threatening to jump.”

Gothamist: The man was first spotted on the edge of the western Brooklyn Bridge balustrade around 3 p.m. Traffic on the bridge has come to a complete standstill over the last hour as police have also climbed to the top of the bridge in order to try to prevent the man from potentially jumping.

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  • Jorale-man

    The NY Post is reporting that he’s down and safe, thankfully. They really need to install some kind of fences to keep people off those towers. It’s ridiculous someone can get up there.

  • stuart

    This guy was just a show-off. Why climb to the top of the tower and then not jump? He just wanted to ruin a beautiful Saturday for as many people as possible. I was in that traffic jam and it was horrible.

  • Wiley E.

    Sara Palin should have shot him off the tower with a moose rifle. She isn’t much good for anything else. Just shooting off. Was the dude wearing a cape? He could have taken a flying leap into the East River for a crowd thrill. Go in style, if you gotta go.

  • Eddyde

    There are fences on the cables to discourage people from climbing up there. However, the design and placement is such that if one is really determined, they can be circumvented, without the likelihood of a fatal fall.

  • susan

    i cannot believe they shut down the entire bridge because of one person’s decision. Me and my children have places that we need to be and shutting down the bridge is just not an option. What is going on in this city?

  • Boerum Bill

    Here’s the bill for shutting down the bridge and using city services. (Looks at bill…jumps)

  • vince

    You are the cause. The police didn’t want him crashing onto the roof of your car killing or injuring you or your children. Be glad there are men who risk their own lives to save others.

  • Wiley E.

    Look at Me! Look at me, says the narcissistic coward.

  • GHB

    Yeah, it was an inconvenience caused by one miserable prick, but you should be thanking every responder who was looking out for YOUR well-being. I’m sure they would have preferred being somewhere else too. Vince is right. It’s not all about you, Susan.

  • David on Middagh

    You had me at “moose rifle”.

  • David on Middagh

    Er… I think susan’s comment was tongue-in-cheek.

  • Leonard Barton

    I was stuck in traffic for 3 hours in a Taxi for reason of the indecent. I am glad the NYPD helped the disturbed man.

  • Bob Sacamano

    Why can’t people who want to kill themselves do it with out disrupting the general public. Somebody should have just pushed this guy off to the bridge to give him a little start and get it over with.

  • MonroeOrange

    I remember the good old days (80’s) when people would climb the bridge once a month, usually mostly thrill seekers. Im glad this person is down safe, and to all who were inconvenienced (Susan!)…you were inconvenienced so you weren’t killed… that’s a good kind of inconvenience…get your priority straights!