Manhattan Bridge “Flash Nightclub”
What were you doing Saturday night? Whatever it was, it couldn’t have been anywhere near as cool as 19-year-old Alex Schlaferman’s massive dance party held on the Manhattan Bridge walkway.
Alex Xander, as he calls himself considers himself as, “the Great Gatsby, when it comes to stuff like this” and promotes his flash mob/dancy party events via Xandernation. The party went on from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. when police finally decided that the party must come to an end. Still, a 4-hour party on the Manhattan Bridge is a story waiting to find an ear, but was it worth getting arrested for? Alex Xander says that it was well worth it and he shows no intention to stop putting on events such as the Manhattan Bridge Dance Party.
Where will you be when the next Xandernation event hits NYC. NYC rules require apply for a Street Activity Permit issued by the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO). However, in their permitted events they lack anything close to which Xander’s event could be classified, except maybe Special Event. Therefore, maybe Xander’s best course of action next time, to avoid getting arrested is to take some time and fill out an online permit application (yes, you can apply online) via E-Apply. After all, Gatsby never got arrested at his parties.
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