It was quite a sight on the Williamsburg Bridge last night. Brooklyn performance artists Seanna Sharpe and Savage Skinner were perched 300 feet above the roadway, performing an aerial stunt (sans safety equipment), as a large crowd gathered below. When it was all over, they were promptly arrested.
The Wall Street Journal was there and has a great recap of the dramatic events that began unfolding, on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, around 7 p.m.:
New York Police Department officers arrived on the scene thirty minutes after Sharpe, bedecked in a red-and-white leotard and head wrap and Skinner, in a black suit jacket and matching bowler hat, scaled the bridge tower where Sharpe secured 90 feet of silk rope to perform an aerial acrobatic performance… Police first waited for the pair to descend on the bicycle pathway on the northern side of the bridge, causing Sharpe and Skinner, whose real name is Thomas Miller, to scurry south where they climbed down, determined the coast was clear and fled towards Manhattan. A second police vehicle intercepted the pair and an NYPD helicopter loomed overhead to thwart the pair from climbing back up the bridge. As of 9:30 Monday evening, the two were still in police custody. Police said that Miller, 27 years old, had been charged with trespassing, reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental administration; Sharpe is expected to face similar charges.
Here’s a video of the daring performance: