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Death-defying NYC subway surfer gang ride train on iconic bridge in deadly social media trend: wild video

A reckless subway-surfer gang risked their lives riding over the Williamsburg Bridge on Friday, as the NYPD and MTA try to curb the deadly social media trend.

Seven people dressed in black were spotted riding on top of a subway car Friday as it entered the bridge headed away from Marcy Avenue, video obtained by The Post shows.

“I’ll be sitting and working, minding my own business, and see people surfing the subway out my window. It’s a regular thing, all the time,” the Brooklynite who shared the footage told The Post.

The video shows one daredevil standing as the train — which appears to be a J, M, or Z — barrels toward Manhattan stops. Several other people can be seen crouched down or slumping onto their stomachs as they go under a lower part of the bridge.

Video shows seven reckless subway surfers riding on top of a train headed toward Manhattan. NO CREDIT
Video shows seven reckless subway surfers riding on top of a train headed toward Manhattan. NO CREDIT

“It was quite shocking the first time since they’re just out in the open on a bridge and I recall a few months back someone died doing this,” the witness said.

“If I saw someone fall I’d freak out — especially when they’re going across the bridge,” they added.

Friday’s stunt is the latest incident of the deadly game, which continues to attract social media daredevils even as countless people — including many teens and tweens — have gotten killed or maimed.

“At this point, I’ve seen it multiple times so it’s not as alarming, but obviously, it’s very dangerous. Seeing so many people do it at once today was bizarre too — what makes them want to do that?” the person behind the video asked.

The video shows one daredevil standing as the train, either a J, M, or Z, moves further.
The video shows one daredevil standing as the train, either a J, M, or Z, moves further.

No complaints were filed about the group of daredevils, police told The Post.

It was not immediately clear if any of the seven people captured on the video had gotten hurt participating in the stunt.

The latest incident comes as the NYPD and MTA continue efforts to combat the foolhardy activity, with initiatives that include subway station announcements voiced by New York City students urging people against participating in the dangerous activity.

Police said no complaints were reported about the subway surfers on Friday.
Police said no complaints were reported about the subway surfers on Friday.

MTA data show subway surfing usually takes place in the afternoons of warmer months when school is in session, essentially making it an unsafe after-school activity for many of New York’s youngest residents.

Since many young people participating in the concerning trend share videos of themselves online, the MTA has asked social media companies to decrease access to these videos.

Since last spring, over 3,000 videos and photos of subway surfing have been removed from the internet, officials said.

There have already been numerous subway surfing incidents documented in 2024, including earlier this month when a 10-year-old boy was caught on top of a subway car in Queens.

MTA officials said subway surfing mostly takes place in the afternoons during warmer months when school is in session. William Farrington
MTA officials said subway surfing mostly takes place in the afternoons during warmer months when school is in session. William Farrington

A crazed middle-aged man was catapulted to his death off a Brooklyn subway train in late January after he started “going nuts” inside the car and then opted to ride outside, cops and transit workers at the station said at the time.

Also in January, 14-year-old subway surfer Alam Reyes was killed when he was thrown from a southbound F train approaching the Avenue N stop.

Teens Javen Fraser and Brian Crespo, both 14, as well as Zackery Nazario, 15, all lost their lives while subway surfing last year.

There were a total of five fatalities caused by subway surfing last year, officials said, noting that there were only five deaths from subway surfing between 2018 and 2022.

Between January and June of 2023, over 450 instances of subway surfing were documented by MTA officials.