Monday, July 23, 2007

More Photos of the Mysterious Park Slope Brownstone Bride

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You remember the bizarre story of the bride discovered sleeping on ledge above a doorway in Park Slope last week? It's either the most elaborate ruse of the year or one of those stories that will become a neighborhood urban legend. One of the first reports of the story came from OTBKB on Tuesday. Gothamist called her "Park Slope's Runaway Bride." A GL reader was kind enough to send us more photos of the mysterious woman in white--mostly of her being plucked from the ledge by the police and carted away. Our special neighborhood correspondent, who prefers to be known only as Beth from Fourth Street, offers a detailed description:
A resident of Fourth Street It was around 9 a.m Sunday July 15 She was in the ledge over the door on a brownstone on 4th street between 8th Ave and the Park. First one cop car came, then another. Buncha cops standing around smoking cigarettes, taking pictures of her on their cell phones. She appeared fast asleep--we thought maybe she was acting and that at some point a film crew would pop out - ashton kutscher - we'd been punked! Or an NYU film class project or something.

One of the cops said 'maybe she's a fallen angel.'

Then an ambulance came. Parameds got out, looked at her, started taking pix on their cell phones. Then another cop car came--now we're up to three cop cars--and a second ambulance. By now an hour has passed. Finally they put a ladder up, try to rouse her. She appears to be out cold. They gently lift her down, put her on a stretcher. She had a little pillow under her head - turns out it was a teddy bear, one of those stuffed animal purses, they open it up and pull out a little blue ring box.

Honestly, I didnt see this part with my own eyes, but others who were closer to the action said that inside the box was a ring!

Now, when they took the bear away from her, she shrieked for a moment, then they gave it back to her and she appeared to go out again. I mean, either she gets an academy award or Houston, we have a problem here! They put cuffs on her and strapped her to the stretcher and took her away. I figured the cuffs would be the moment she would say, "Actually this is all a prank ..." but she never seemed to come out of her reverie.

She was beautiful, too, like a young Sigourney Weaver. And barefoot. And the dress was draped so beautifully off the ledge, like a scene from The Illusionist. Indeed she seemed to be in a trance.

Now - there is no way she got up there without a ladder. but there was no ladder! So - did someone drug her and put her up there and take the ladder away? Did she put herself up there and have an accomplice who took the ladder away for her? Was she mentally ill? A jilted desperate woman seeking revenge or making a statement? The victim of a strange prank? Did they take her to bellevue for treatment or central booking for trespassing?

The people who live in that house were away for the weekend. We know that because there were a couple of newspapers on the doorstep. Moral of the story: Do not let your New York Times deliveries collect on your doorstep, because then people will know you are gone and maybe a woman in a wedding dress will camp out on the ledge over your front door! Our whole block was abuzz for the week!

Everyone is dying to know the true story of ...

The Brownstown Bride! The Bride of Brooklyn!
As we said, it's either the most elaborate ruse of the year or film rights waiting to be sold. The latest word on the Brooklynian Message Board is that "she is ill" and that "her parents are coming from overseas to take her home." If anyone knows the story behind this for certain, do shoot us an email.

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[Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Harpaz, Age 9!]

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11 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

Any chance it's the same gal who pulled this stunt?
http://whatisee.org/mt/archives/entries/001438.html

10:50 AM  
Blogger grumpygirl said...

really disturbing me me that the cops and EMS guys took pics of this woman with their phones... for what reason? to make fun?

2:54 PM  
Blogger Lisanne McT said...

too weird..it has got to be a put on.

10:32 PM  
Blogger gary said...

amy, that looks like the same person . . . but hey, how about a NSFW warning?

grumpy, it's human nature. if I was a cop, I'd have taken a picture too. no one's complaining about the pictures we're viewing in this blog post.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Brooklyn Newspaper confirmed the serial number on the ring was traced to Tiffany. They contacted the buyer (the fiance) who said her left her due to non-compliance with meds for bi-polar disorder.

Very sad...but I am getting married & want to find a similar dress. Anyone recognize it?

Sorry to any family/friends of the woman who read this since it is very shallow of me. But she did look stunning.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ladies and gentleman, your next Law & Order episode.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if there is any video footage of this event?

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was all set to call bullsheesh on the serial number of the ring, but that is indeed what the Brooklyn Paper reported. Rings have serial numbers? Where?

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Anon who asked about the serial numbers, they are lazer carved into every diamond DeBeers sells.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i guess she should title her performance piece after the serial # on that diamond

unless she's full-on crazy, in which case she should get that serial # tattooed on her wrist.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a resident of Fourth Street, I was distressed to see my neighbors and their children standing around making jokes and taking pictures of someone obviously in need of help.

3:30 PM  

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