Invitation: Manhattan Flash Mob #5

July 18th, 2003

Below is the invitation to the fifth New York flash mob as it was e-mailed to me. It’s scheduled to take place next Thursday evening, July 24th.

(If you’re wondering what a flash mob is, see this entry for an explanation.)

Here’s the announcement for the fifth New York flash mob:

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 09:16:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: The Mob Project
Subject: MOB #5

You are invited to take part in MOB, the project that
creates an inexplicable mob of people in New York City
for ten minutes or less. Please forward this to other
people you know who might like to join.


Q. Can there be more photographers at the next mob?

A. There seemed to be plenty at MOB #4.

Q. I was being sarcastic.

A. “Sarcastic”…?

Q. Meaning that my real question is the EXACT
OPPOSITE of that question. Can there be *fewer*
photographers at the next mob?

A. In general, people should feel free to take
photographs at the mob. But at certain times in
certain mobs, photography dampens the effect. From now
on, the instruction slips for each mob will specify
when and where NOT to take photographs during that

Q. OK. Hey, how about an uptown mob?

A. Are you being “sarcastic” again?

Q. No.

A. Well, then: sure.

Start time: Thursday, July 24th, sometime after 7:15pm
Duration: 10 minutes or less

(1) At some point during the day on July 24th,
synchronize your watch to
(If that site doesn^³t work for you, try

(2) By 6:55 PM, based on the month of your birth,
please situate yourselves in the bars below. Buy a
drink and act casual. NOTE: if you are attending the
MOB with friends, you may all meet in the same bar, so
long as at least one of you has the correct birth
month for that bar.
January, February, March: Dublin House, 225 W.
79th St. (just east of Broadway). Meet in the back by
the jukebox.
April, May, June: McAleer’s, 425 Amsterdam Ave.
(between 80th and 81st). Meet in the back, by the
enormous television set.
July, August, September: Bourbon Street, 407
Amsterdam Ave. (between 79th and 80th). Meet in the
back, by the even more enormous television set.
October, November, December: 420 Bar and Lounge,
420 Amsterdam Ave. (at 80th St.). Meet in the back,
near the constrained tree.

(3) Then or soon thereafter, a MOB representative will
appear in the bar and pass around further
instructions. The instructions will specify the mob
site, the start time, and the duration. The
instructions will give you what you need and then

(4) In particular, the instructions will tell you when
to disperse. Make sure that two minutes after the
specified time, you are no longer at the mob site.

(5) Return to what you otherwise would have been
doing, and await instructions for MOB #6.


8 Responses to “Invitation: Manhattan Flash Mob #5”

  1. comment number 1 by: Bobo

    Why post this in a blog? All you’re doing is attracting attention to it _before_ it happens. They’ll be dead soon. I wouldn’t be surprised to see police waiting at each bar tomorrow.

  2. comment number 2 by: Anonymous

    You won’t see them. They’ll be in plain clothes picking up a slip of paper just like you. What you want to look for is someone who picks up the instructions and imediatly get’s on their cell.

  3. comment number 3 by: anon

    that’s true, or someone who immeditally walks out of the bar after picking up the instructions. or dammit do we really need such obvious clues to identify cops! they stick out so much when they are in plainclothes. the worst thing would be if someone who is not a cop decides to tip them off. then they would be hard to identify.

  4. comment number 4 by: matt

    what do you all care if the cops come? what can they do, i mean you all arent doing anything illegal, and the worst thing they could do would be to restrict you all to public property, and that dosent hurt you all much! dont sweat it!

  5. comment number 5 by: Fred

    Good mob this evening. I’ve posted some notes at Maybe some more pictures later on.

  6. comment number 6 by: Satan's Laundromat

    MOB #5

    Mob #5, tonight, was particularly unphotogenic, perhaps by design as a reaction to the last one. Hundreds of people perched on a stone ledge in Central Park, facing Central Park West, and made bird noises. I would have liked to…

  7. comment number 7 by: copboy

    we cops arent obvious. Oh another thing. we use hidden microphones to tip our commanding officers. but hey its all in good fun right?

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