Flash Mobs Take Manhattan

June 16th, 2003

Our senior Manhattan correspondent David Danzig reports that New Yorkers are using e-mail to coordinate “inexplicable mobs” — huge crowds that materialize in public places and suddenly dissipate 10 minutes later.

Below I’ve pasted the e-mail announcement for the next mob, scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 17, 2003.

UPDATE: Be sure not to miss the photos of the event.

19 Responses to “Flash Mobs Take Manhattan”

  1. comment number 1 by: TriNetre - The Third Eye

    Flash mob in Singapore – not possible

    Can a flash mob be ever staged in Singapore? (What is a flash mob?) I don’t think so. If you take part in one, most probably you will find yourself

  2. comment number 2 by: stefanie marsh

    could whoever is organising tonight’s mob – i think you go by the name A Zee – please email me asap? or call on 0207 782 5821.

    also would like to talk to anyone taking part tonight. thanks v much

  3. comment number 3 by: Satan's Laundromat

    MOB #2

    (Background.) Meeting up at Jack Dempsey’s:   The rugs department at Macy’s, crowded around a $10,000 rug:   On the way out, precisely at 7:37: Alas, some people missed the point and interviewed Macy’s employees about the proceedings. To them…

  4. comment number 4 by: paul

    You have no right authority title or dominion, you are like sheep who have gone astray and you follow a “shepherd with a twisted crook”,as only some one with a twisted mind would concieve of something so intimidating & antisocial, you are (or you should be) responsible citizens, you are being used, dont fool yourself into thinking you are important, you will held accountable for actions if you continue to go “flash mobbing”, there is no excuse for your behaviour.You are being manipulated. Dont follow a loser.

    YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. comment number 5 by: sean

    Right on! Go “twisted crook!” I don’t know what the hell that means but it sure sounds funny.

    We promise not to follow any shepherd who doesn’t have either (a) a twisted crook, or (b) a crooked twist. Or perhaps (c) a wicked waddle.

  6. comment number 6 by: the SheePhErDeR

    I am organizing my flock of 300 flashmotors

    to gather in their vehicles at the parking lot

    of the Lombardi service area stop on the NJ tpke

    Tuesday August 12, 2003. When the signal is given

    the lead car, a 2002 white Toyota Camry, NY license 254-668 will hit the road on the NJ tpk

    and get off at the exit for the GW Bridge. With

    the other cars following, the cars will get onto

    the upper level of the bridge. At the appropriate

    time, all members of the flock will drive their

    cars off the bridge like good little flashmobbers.

    Any other flashretards that want to join are perfectly welcome.

    Stay the fuck out of my state.

  7. comment number 7 by: sean

    Stay out of your state, Sheepherder? But it’s such a difficult state to resist…

    Damn; that means I’ll have to cancel my romantic New Jersey honeymoon. But so be it.


  8. comment number 8 by: so beautiful

    i think this is great 🙂 i saw the link on AOL..keep it up..with everything going on in the news today, this showa that everything is not meant to be taken so seriously all of the’s okay to be a kid again 🙂

  9. comment number 9 by: Jim

    Whats next – A flash nudist mob. I would pay to see that.

  10. comment number 10 by: aussijoliequevous

    Hey flashmob interesting. I just wanna play tag with a bunch of folks,lol, like that one nike commercial is this where flashmob came from? If so then all the powers that be that are against flashmob should turn their attention to Nike lol or just let it be besides our president is on vacation why cant we play duck duck goose lol are there any flashmobs in Chicago?

  11. comment number 11 by: SierraBravo

    has this bizzare occurance ever taken place in denver? if not when it does i want to know, it sounds like fun.

  12. comment number 12 by: Pat

    I am curious? Does the individual in the flash mob think as an individual or as a part of the herd? Are you instintively motivated to participate or is there a selfish reason for being part of a social happening? This “new” way of expression has me both intrigued and delighted. I am motivated by music. Have any flash mobs been motivated by a chord or two?

  13. comment number 13 by: Bernhard Seefeld's Blog

    1st Bern Flashmob

    I just returned from the first Bern flashmob. Unfortunately the timing wasn’t perfect. Nevertheless, the number of people was quite high; I’d guess at least 40 or 50. They were a little bit hard to distinguish from normal tourists (although…

  14. comment number 14 by: /blog

    are flash mobs still cool?

    yesterday there was a flash mob here in bern (and i missed it, i thought it’s today, i confused the date…) and today there was a little article in two newspapers (in the BZ and in 20min). me and b….

  15. comment number 15 by: MattisManzel

    Global FlashMob #2 is sceduled for Sa June, 19 th 2004


    Add your city to the list please.

  16. comment number 16 by: anything but ordinary

    Relax, Don’t Do It

    Did you see that CSI Miami tonight is about Flash Mobs? Maybe it’s because I’m a blogger, but Flash Mobs seem to be a blogger creation*, so I think it’s really cool that they’re on a television show as popular…

  17. comment number 17 by: diana

    Could somebody please email me and tell me how to get with a mob?

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