(JTA) – Police in New York arrested an Israeli tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge to take a selfie there. The tourist was an 18-year-old man identified as “Shivel Dikstein.” He was arrested Feb. 23 after allegedly jumping a fence on the Brooklyn side. “He jumped up to get a selfie with the skyline behind him,” the New York Post quoted a witness as saying. The man was charged with criminal trespass.
The arrest comes days after a group of youths nearly died while taking a selfie on thin ice on a pond in Central Park. Deaths related to attempts to take self portraits with smartphones are increasing worldwide.