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Attempted Manhattan Bridge suicide closes span

The aftermath: Police rescued a man whose threats to leap from the Manhattan Bridge on Friday snarled car and train traffic in both directions.
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A man threatening to jump off the Manhattan Bridge snarled car and train traffic between Brooklyn and Manhattan for an hour this morning.

Police responded to reports of a man near suicide on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge’s lower level at 7:25 am, officers said. Responders negotiated with the man, who is in his 30s, for about an hour, according to the Police Department. At around 8:25 am, cops managed to pull him back from the edge and transport him to Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan for observation, cops said.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials cut power to the bridge’s subway tracks while officers talked the man down, severing B and D service and forcing N and Q trains to be rerouted into the Montague tunnels under the East River, newly reopened after 13 months of repairs to Hurricane Sandy damage. The D was cut off between 34th Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center and the B was stopped between 34th Street and the Prospect Park station.

The move derailed commuters’ plans and caused widespread confusion, with one train-bound Twitter user repeating rumors of a terrorist attack and others bemoaning being late to work — and to Nintendo World. One straphanger summed up a common sentiment this way:

“Some jerk tried to kill himself on the Manhattan Bridge so all the train lines are super delayed,” wrote someone with the Twitter handle Suz_Go.

One Community News Group staffer said a conductor forced everyone off a Q train at Newkirk in Flatbush, directing passengers to catch a train back to Coney Island to transfer to the F, but when she exited, no trains were traveling in either direction. The mess forced her to take a $20 cab ride to this paper’s Downtown office.

Another Q train crawled at around two miles per hour between Church Avenue and Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center from 8:30 to 8:55 am, then returned to its normal speed to DeKalb Avenue.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 5:47 pm, September 29, 2014
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
this wouldn't happen if there was a toll.
Sept. 26, 2014, 4:39 pm
James Flynn from Manhattan says:
I'm 14 years old and I was taking the n train over the manhattan bridge this morning at around 7:25 and I see that the train conductor makes an announcement saying that the bridge is under investigation and I see there is a guy trying to jum off the bridge. This guy is selfish not only to me but the investigators and others who were trying to get into brooklyn and manhattan for work and school. This guy has no consideration and did not even think about what the consequence was going to be if he jumped. My suggestion is there should be a toll going over the Bridge so at least people will be able to see a situation and report the problem quickly.
Sept. 26, 2014, 8:18 pm
eddie from streets says:
I got on the train at 7:10 didnt get to work until 10:30. Way to go
Sept. 27, 2014, 2:42 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
A toll (which is dumb and will never happen) has nothing to do with someone, obviously disturbed, attempting suicide.
Sept. 27, 2014, 12:02 pm
ty from pps says:
Clearly the dumb toll comment was my hilarious impersonator... and clearly has nothing to do with a jumper.

That said, tolls are coming Old Time. Probably not (hopefully not) in the form of toll booths or other outdated techniques for collection, but tolls are coming. It's both rational and appropriate for east river crossings.
Sept. 27, 2014, 1:31 pm
ty from pps says:
i say that because we must punish drivers at every point. that's because the idea of being able to drive a piece of private property anytime you want is not acceptable.
Sept. 28, 2014, 10:28 am
ty from pps says:
You seriously annoying, "other" ty from pps.
Sept. 28, 2014, 2:17 pm
ty from pps says:
*you're
Sept. 28, 2014, 2:18 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
anything 'ty' is annoying
Sept. 28, 2014, 2:34 pm
Mike from Williamsburgh says:
Cars don't belong in cities and if there was more housing people could live next to their jobs and wouldn't have to deal with transit delays.
Sept. 28, 2014, 7:19 pm
rukiddin'me from sheepshead bay says:
You people are WAY screwed in your priorities..not ONE mention of this poor guy's despair that made him think he had no other way to deal....It's all about you all and your sad miserable lives...go back on your mind and soul-numbing electronics, you SPIRITUAL TROLLS!!!
Oct. 1, 2014, 1:48 pm

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