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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.