Women Arrested After Trying to Hang Banner off Manhattan Bridge

Traffic was delayed and the bike ramp was shut down this morning as officers stopped a group of women from unfurling a banner on the Manhattan Bridge bike path. WABC 7 reports the giant sheet was spotted along inbound lanes of the bridge just after 6:30am, noting:

Officers stopped them from fully unfurling the banner. Three women, ages 26, 33 and 37, were taken into custody on the bike path. The other members of the group ran off. Only one word on the banner was exposed, “VOTE.” The rest of the banner remained furled. The three women are now at the Fifth Precinct with charges pending.

PIX11 reports:

The banner’s text was never visible, but an email forwarded to PIX11 by a women’s political group states a “group of progressive activist artists known as the Flo Kennedy Society” took credit for the incident.

The email alleges the banner “contains a simple but strong message against a bright pink background: VOTE.”

Kennedy was a political activist from New York City known for her flamboyant style and struggles for civil rights and feminist, the New York Times reports. She died in 2000.