Just a quick update on a story we reported on last week. It seems the DA’s office has officially thrown the book at the two ‘urban explorers’ arrested last week for climbing the Williamsburg bridge.
Both individuals are now facing a slew of charges, ranging from Felony to Violation.
It’s anyone’s guess how this will play out in court. What is clear that is my previous assumption of them just being given ACD is significantly less likely. The ‘violation’ charges are minor and potentially throw-out-able. The misdemeanors may be marked down to violations, but the Felony is, well, a felony. They’ve basically thrown the book at these two ‘explorers’, perhaps to make an example of them. Anyone that doesn’t know the NYPD’s terrorism paranoia level is at recent high as we approach the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 is beyond naive. One too many ‘urban explorer’ arrests in this town have probably gotten law enforcement wondering just who are these people, why are they climbing our bridges, and how can we get them to stop before someone really does believe they are terrorists and someone gets their head blown off via helicopter snipper.
So yeah, if you’re an out of town ‘urban explorer’ looking to have a little fun in NYC this summer, do what those of us that live here (and have to deal with your bad decisions) are doing: Stick to abandoned buildings and non-high profile locations. All your ‘UE’ ‘friends’ are not going to think you’re cool when you’re arrested or shot by the NYPD. They’re going to mock you behind your back, which they’re probably already doing anyway.
Besides, you really don’t want to ever go to Rikers, unless you like getting in daily fist fights with gang members for the pay phone and seeing your girlfriend in a huge green tent-shirt after undergoing 3 search/molestation sessions with prison guards.