You are reading

Cops cuff teen who attempted to subway surf on train departing from Queensboro Plaza station in Long Island City

A teen was caught attempting to subway surf on the back of a 7 train departing from the Queensboro Station plaza in Long Island City. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Feb. 22, 2023, By Zachary Gewelb

A 17-year-old was arrested after he was caught clinging to the back of 7 train departing from the Queensboro Plaza station in Long Island City on Wednesday, just two days after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a subway surfing incident on the Williamsburg Bridge.

Authorities say that officers on patrol at the Queensboro Plaza subway station, within the confines of the 108th Precinct and Transit District 20, saw the male teenager clinging onto the outside of the last car of a Flushing-bound 7 train around 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 22.

The teen, who was not injured, was taken into custody without incident after the officers flagged down the conductor and removed the teen from the train.

The teen was not charged, but a police spokesperson indicated that officers wrote up a juvenile report before releasing him to a guardian.

The incident came two days after a 15-year-old boy was killed in Brooklyn while falling in an attempt to subway surf.

The teenager was riding atop a Manhattan-bound J train around 6.40 p.m. on Feb. 20 when he hit a stationary beam knocking him to the roadbed, according to police. Upon arrival at the scene, responding officers discovered the teen unresponsive under the train. He was pronounced dead by EMS officers.

Following the fatal incident, NYC Transit President Richard Davey said the MTA “cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to ride on the outside of trains.”

Meanwhile, on Feb. 21, Mayor Eric Adams and the MTA called on social media companies to pull down videos of riders surfing on the subway amid a spike in the dangerous and often lethal practice.

“Some of these sites, they’re more addictive than drugs, people can’t get off them. And you start duplicating this behavior,” Adams said at a press conference.

Adams said he plans to launch a public service campaign warning New Yorkers about the dangers of subway surfing.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

‘Ghost car’ driver arrested in East Elmhurst after traffic stop reveals weapons, threatening note: NYPD

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst discovered an arsenal of weapons in a ghost car they pulled over on Ditmars Boulevard and 86th Street in East Elmhurst early Wednesday morning.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey held a press briefing at the 110th Precinct on Wednesday afternoon to discuss what the sergeant and three officers from the 110th Precinct public safety team found when they pulled over a black Ford Explorer at around 1:30 a.m. because it had blacked-out license plates.

Henry ‘Hank’ Krumholz, stalwart pioneer of Queens LGBTQ Pride, dies at 73

Henry “Hank” Krumholz, a pioneering gay rights activist in Queens, passed away on Sunday in his Flushing apartment at the age of 73.

Krumholz played a crucial role in the establishment and success of the Queens LGBTQ Pride Parade, which is held annually in Jackson Heights. He joined the parade’s sponsoring organization right after its inaugural event in 1993 and continued his involvement for decades. His passing came just a week after this year’s parade on June 2, marking its 31st anniversary.