Traffic on Broadway slowed to a crawl Thursday morning as police negotiated with a jumper on the seventh floor ledge of the apartment building at 2341 Broadway on the corner of 85th Street.
The incident began after 10 a.m. The woman, dressed in a black t-shirt and black spandex tights, shifted positions on the ledge and at one point kicked off her white sneakers, which dropped to the street. Dozens of passers-by gathered below and police blocked off 85th Street and parts of Broadway. The crowd chanted “we love you” to the woman before police silenced them. Police set up an inflatable pad on 85th Street in case she jumped.
A police officer entered the building and leaned out a nearby window talking to the woman. Around 11:55 a.m. she returned inside, to the great relief of the crowd below. People clapped. One woman began crying.
Said one guy in the crowd: “Life is short enough…why you want to make it shorter?”
Life quickly went back to normal. Traffic picked up. The crowd dispersed. And filming began again on the Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel a block away.
Photos by Tom.
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