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Artist arrested in Queensboro Bridge climb


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video/Screenshot via YouTube/Anthony Sneed

Police have arrested a Brooklyn street artist after a YouTube video was posted of him scaling the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge to install one of his pieces last week, the NYPD said.

Brendan Fagan, 35, turned himself in at Manhattan’s 19th Precinct Friday morning, while accompanied by his lawyer, according to officials.

He has been charged with criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and violation of local law, police said.

A video that went up Saturday shows the artist, who goes by the name Judith Supine , as he makes his way across the bridge before his nighttime climb, then cuts to the artist perched on top of the span with views of the city skyline before he installs his work.

The climber made the trek up the bridge just after midnight on March 24, according to the NYPD.

After seeing the footage, police said  they were investigating the incident earlier this week.

The video coincides with the March 29 opening of Supine’s show at the Mecka Gallery in East Williamsburg.

Supine told Fox 5 New York he pulled the stunt to get publicity for his work.

In 2009, he placed a piece on top of the Williamsburg Bridge and two years earlier he lowered one from the Manhattan Bridge.

This latest incident has raised concerns over security in the city following recent breaches at the World Trade Center.

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NYPD investigating after street artist installs piece on Queensboro Bridge


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video/Screenshot via YouTube/Anthony Sneed

Police are investigating after a YouTube video was posted over the weekend of a Brooklyn street artist scaling the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge to install one of his pieces.

The video shows Judith Supine as he makes his way across the bridge before his nighttime climb, then cuts to the artist perched on top of the span with views of the city skyline before he installs his work.

The NYPD said it is reviewing the footage and no charges have been filed yet.

Supine’s trek up the East River bridge coincides with the March 29 opening of his show at the Mecka Gallery in  East Williamsburg.

This isn’t the first time Supine has pulled a daring stunt in the name of art.

In 2009, he placed a piece on top of the Wiliamsburg Bridge and two years earlier he lowered one from the Manhattan Bridge.

This weekend’s incident raises more concerns over security in the city following recent breaches at the World Trade Center.

 

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