After nearly back-to-back incidences of people climbing the suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge, the NYPD has officially had it with the stunts. Starting immediately, it’ll be near-impossible to do so without some sort of superpower.
According to the Post, the NYPD will now post officers at the security gates at the base of the suspension cables. Why they didn’t do this before is beyond us.
The decision came after two separate incidences wherein foreign visitors climbed to the summit of the bridge. First, it was German artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke, who planted two bleached white flags in honor of German-born Brooklyn Bridge engineer John Roebling on July 22. And then, earlier this week, a 24-year-old Russian bro named Yaroslav Kolchin was caught scaling the bridge “for fun,” but not until he was on his way down. He’s been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and embarrassing the crap out of the NYPD.
In that vein, the Department of Transportation will also make “small structural changes” to the bridge to make it that much harder for future daredevils to scale the bridge. End of a short-lived era.
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