Brooklyn Cyclist Dies After Fall on Manhattan Bridge

Photo by Bahij Chancey/Twitter.

Photo by Bahij Chancey/Twitter.

A 36-year-old man died after falling from his bike on the Manhattan Bridge yesterday.

According to Gothamist, Philip Ginsberg of Brooklyn was riding with several other cyclists when he lost consciousness and apparently hit one of the support beams on the bridge. A police spokesperson said Ginsberg likely suffered a “medical episode.” He was wearing a helmet.

Ginsberg was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Lower Manhattan hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The city medical examiner will perform am autopsy.

Taxi Catches Fire on Manhattan Bridge

Photo: Two Bridges Tower.

Photo: Two Bridges Tower.

A taxi burst into flames on the Manhattan Bridge earlier today. While the accident caused major traffic delays, no one was injured.

The incident occurred a little after 1 p.m. on the upper level of the bridge. It took firefighters about an hour to put the flames out.  The car was completely destroyed. All lanes were closed at one point but have since reopened.

City transportation officials were checking to make sure there’s no damage to the bridge’s infrastructure.


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Cops Evict Homeless Man From Space in Manhattan Bridge

This morning police removed a man who had been living in a compartment over the bike lane on the Manhattan Bridge. A large number of officers, including some from the 5th Precinct, stopped bike traffic on the Manhattan side of the bridge while they got the man out of the space and transported him to Bellevue Hospital for a check up.  The New York Post and Gothamist have more details.

Two Pedestrians Injured in Fung Wah Bus Accident Last Night

Bowery near the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Gigi Li.

Two pedestrians were injured last night after being struck by an intercity bus near the Manhattan Bridge.  The Fung Wah bus was pulling on to the bridge on its way through Brooklyn at around 11 p.m. when the accident happened.  The victims are hospitalized;  a 57-year old woman is listed in stable condition; a 63-year old man is serious but stable.

Police say the driver is not expected to be charged with any criminal violation.  he was given a ticket for failing to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk. No passengers were aboard the bus at the time but traffic was backed up in the area for at least a couple of hours.

Brooklyn Bridge Lanes Closed Once Again This Coming Weekend

Near Bowery and Canal. Photo by Wilson Tang.

Man-about-Chinatown Wilson Tang noticed the  beefed up traffic/pedestrian safety presence near the Manhattan Bridge this past weekend.  It was due to the closure of all Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge, which is in the midst of a major face lift.  To deal with the congestion and confusion, the Department of Transportation re-routed traffic over the other Lower Manhattan bridges and the NYPD stationed more traffic control agents in key locations.

Two Views From the East River

Photo by David Wander.

Many people find inspiration in the Lower East Side’s river crossings. Thanks to artist David Wander for sharing two especially striking perspectives of Lower Manhattan’s waterway.


Manhattan Bridge in the Morning

Painting by Brendan Higgins.

Artist Brendan Higgins paints the Manhattan Bridge, in the early morning, from Catherine Slip. You can see more of his work here.

City Protects Bowery Bank Building

Photo by Jim Henderson.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously yesterday to protect the former Citizens Savings Bank, 54-58 Bowery, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge. The 1924 gold-domed, Beaux Arts-style building (now an HSBC branch) is one of the neighborhood’s most conspicuous landmarks.  See extensive excerpts from the LPC’s press release, after the jump.