Man in red baseball cap scales Brooklyn Bridge and has to be coaxed down by NYPD in rush hour chaos

  • An unidentified man scaled the cables at the Brooklyn Bridge at rush hour and clung on 
  • NYPD official scrambled after him, climbing the bridge and convincing him to come down as horrified commuters watched 
  • Eventually, the NYPD Emergency Unit convinced the man to come back down safely 
  • He slid down the cables in his socks before being placed in handcuffs and taken away in a police van  
  • Two lanes of eastbound traffic were closed during the incident; they are now open again 

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There was rush hour chaos on Thursday at the Brooklyn Bridge after a man in a red baseball cap and pants scaled the cables then clung on before being coaxed down by the NYPD.  

It’s unclear what the climber’s motives were, but the incident brought traffic to a standstill as worried commuters looked on. 

The man scaled the bridge then was seen clinging onto the cables as multiple police officers ‘dialogued’ with him. 

Eventually, he agreed to climb back down to safety. Video shows him sliding down the cable in his white socks, before being grabbed by NYPD officers from the Emergency Services Unit. 

He has now been taken for a psychiatric evaluation.  

The incident closed two lanes of east bound traffic temporarily at around 8am on Thursday. 

The man is shown here, during the stand off, near the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. It remains unclear why, but he scaled the iconic bridge in his socks during rush hour 

Multiple NYPD officials convinced the man to come down to safety

Multiple NYPD officials convinced the man to come down to safety 

The NYPD convinced the man to climb down safely after around 20 minutes

The man slid down the cables in his socks before being grabbed by NYPD officers standing on top of a van 

The unidentified man was taken away by cops. He was wearing an HH Cares t-shirt. HH Cares is the environmental charity arm of the Howard Hughes Corporation, a property development firm

The unidentified man was taken away by cops. He was wearing an HH Cares t-shirt. HH Cares is the environmental charity arm of the Howard Hughes Corporation, a property development firm

The unidentified man was taken away by cops. He was wearing an HH Cares t-shirt. HH Cares is the environmental charity arm of the Howard Hughes Corporation, a property development firm 

The aftermath of traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge after police had to bring a man down from the span

The aftermath of traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge after police had to bring a man down from the span

The aftermath of traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge after police had to bring a man down from the span

The aftermath of traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge after police had to bring a man down from the span 

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