So, last week I’m walking down Broadway in Manhattan in the middle of the afternoon and I see tons of police cars swarming in and going down a side street. They started roping off the area and screaming at everybody to “CLEAR OUT NOW! BACK AWAY NOW!”. Um…ok. Jaded New Yorkers (like me) took one baby step back – and then I hear a girl on the phone saying that there is a guy waving a gun and they think he has hostages. Then I heard the helicopters come in, plus more emergency vehicles. They even backed the Mr. Softee truck off the street. Then they made everybody move back even further, so I left. But not before getting this shot. Notice the guys in SWAT gear on the left.

What happened? A man was apparently fed up with the construction and scaffolding outside of his window – so he got out his gun and threatened the construction workers. Then he locked himself inside and because they didn’t know who else was in there with him (nobody), they all started thinking he had hostages. They made everybody stay in their buildings and off the street for hours while they negotiated with him to come out (in a pair of Daisy Dukes).

I’m thinking that too much hammering Warped his mind.

Meh. It’s still one of the safest large cities in the world. Keep calm and carry on.


20 thoughts on “Warped

  1. You never have a lack of excitement in that city of yours! How I wish you could have gotten a shot of those Daisey Dukes lol

    • from urbandictionary.com:

      “Daisy Dukes” are extremely short, form-fitting, denim cut-off shorts worn by young women, originally in the American South. They were named after the character Daisy Duke (portrayed by actress Catherine Bach) in the early 1980’s American television series, The Dukes of Hazzard.

      (p.s. there are plenty of things you do not want to look up in this dictionary, but this one is G-rated).

      • Nobody is safe from the type of violence and stupidity that is happening in the UK. They are still trying to track down some of the idiots who took part in similar rioting in Vancouver after the Stanley Cup loss a couple months ago.

  2. Perhaps it was the tightness of his ‘daisy dukes’ that made him turn nasty. I thought that this was going to be another film being made on your streets when I first saw the photo.

  3. ” They even backed the Mr. Softee truck off the street.” Wow! And you call your city safe? I’ll take my chances in Mogadishu, thank you!

  4. Thanks for the “warped” reflection in the car window. I’m having difficulty figuring out this theme. Oh yeah, I’m thinking the “hostage” situation was warped, too. πŸ™‚

  5. thought you were going to say a movie was being filmed, then I wondered if another postal worker went wonky. glad all turned out well, double glad he was dressed for his debut! great shot and story.

  6. You think THIS is exciting…..last month in my town they called in the S.P.O.T. team to track down and feed a lost puppy.
    Great shot and always nice to be there at the right time WITH your camera.

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