OPINION: Brooklyn Bridge climbers should try the ‘Gunks’ instead
As this article is being written, a 23-year-old French tourist has been arrested for climbing over a fence on the Brooklyn Bridge’s pedestrian walkway, then shimmying up one of the bridge’s cables to take a photo.
The arrest comes three months after a Russian tourist was also arrested for climbing to the top of one of the bridge’s cables to take a photo, and about four months after two German artists scaled both towers of the bridge and replaced the American flags there with white flags.
Let’s not forget the many, many people who have either jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge or threatened to jump, starting with Steve Brodie’s supposed jump in 1886. Historians still debate whether Brodie’s account of his jump was true, but he became a celebrity, appearing in Broadway musicals and opening a saloon.
In the most recent case of Brooklyn Bridge shenanigans, the French tourist has reportedly been charged with criminal trespass and reckless endangerment. In response to this incident, which happened on Sunday, Brooklyn Borough President Adams has declared his support for a bill by Brooklyn’s state Sen. Daniel Squadron that would make it illegal to trespass on a city landmark. And the NYPD has said it will station more police near the fences separating the cables from the pedestrian walkway.