NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Hundreds of demonstrators shut down lanes on the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges on Friday morning.
Video shows the protesters, on foot and in vehicles, crossing both bridges after 11 a.m. Many carried signs, chanted and banged drums. They also held a moment of silence for loved ones lost to COVID-19.
The demonstrators were said to be a coalition of workers demanding pandemic relief from Albany. They included yellow taxi drivers, who drove their cabs onto the bridges.
The National Labor Day Organizing Network tweeted: “Undocumented + Excluded workers from across NY state marching for COVID relief have shut down the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges in New York!”
The demonstrations closed lanes on both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, including the upper level of the Manhattan Bridge and inbound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported on nearby roadways that feed the bridges, including the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Gowanus Expressway.