Flash Mob in Central Park

July 24th, 2003

Photo courtesy of Visit that site for a larger version and for more photos.Fred Hoysted was first to chime in with a report and a photo from the Fifth New York Flash Mob. was quick on Fred’s heels with a report and a nice group of photos, including a larger version of the cropped shot to the right.

They seem to have carried out a fantastic, bizarre idea: make a bunch of increasingly surreal “nature sounds” in Central Park.

UPDATE: Our Chief Manhattan Correspondent David Danzig posted an audio recording of the event (MP3 format, 750K, 3 minutes long).


25 Responses to “Flash Mob in Central Park”

  1. comment number 1 by: meredith

    My first Flash Mob! Was that press i saw meandering around right bfore it started? NY1 was late.

  2. comment number 2 by: Dave

    I’ve got pics and a rundown too.

  3. comment number 3 by: Ahmed Akbar

    This one was lame!

  4. comment number 4 by: Mike

    Apparently Fred lives much, much closer to the Upper West Side than I do. 🙂

  5. comment number 5 by: pete

    This one was weak and poorly thought out. It was a tough spot to quickly MOB and disperse. Maybe 5 people walked by. Keep it downtown too.

  6. comment number 6 by: Glowlab

    more mob5 blogging on Glowlab…


  7. comment number 7 by: Fred

    Mike – I think the only reason I was home first was that everyone else had something better to go on to for the rest of the evening!

    By the way, I’d recommend glowlab – some great pictures.

    Also, have a look at Slashdot. They picked up on the story and there’s some very lively discussion over there.

  8. comment number 8 by: Joe B

    Let’s utilize the power of flash mobs to make history remember genX as one that stratigically changed the city forever. We could make a homeless person rich in a couple of minutes. Our numbers could fuel the cause of a political rally. We could revolutionize the idea of what a “volunteer” is–mobbing some struggling charity with thousands of random helpers. What will we do with our power?

  9. comment number 9 by: Fred

    mobs away has some flash mob apparel and even a flash mob lunch box. Hmm. What do we think about all turning up wearing the same t-shirt? Would it spoil or enhance the effect?

  10. comment number 10 by: Biroco

    Fred, honestly, are you serious? Mob tee-shirts, Jesus. Cheap hucksters getting in on the act. It’s called “recuperation” in the jargon of the Spectacle and Situationism. In fact this whole thing is going down the pan already. It’s the concept of a flash mob that’s strong, the actual execution of it is at present faltering badly. It was to be expected. It needs taking over by some more serious minds.

  11. comment number 11 by: Fred


    I wasn’t really being serious at all. I do think it’s interesting that someone has decided that there may be a ‘market’ here for this kind of stuff though. Not because I think there *should* be a market for it – just that the existence of commercial opportunity is a barometer of the appeal of an idea.

    I certainly think it would be appalling for mobbers all to turn up in a ‘uniform’ – we’re not, as far as I’m aware, trying to by any kind of a movement.

  12. comment number 12 by: breckenridge

    I don’t know how I feel about all of this. Isn’t the whole point that no one knows about it? Once people know about it, the whole thing is kinda lame in my opinion.

    But then, I’m probably over estamating the number of people who know about it…

  13. comment number 13 by: zogbee

    well, it’s already a movement, like it or not. every time we show up we make a statement. and we’ll find out how big of a movement it is when the powers that be try to shut us down.

  14. comment number 14 by: ralphjunior

    honestly. is it too late to start going to these things if you haven’t been to one before? it’s on the news now. which means that there will be people from magazines and news organizations in the next few blending in. and other sorts.

  15. comment number 15 by: Chris

    Coverage on Yahoo via Reuters



    Mob-er from SF

  16. comment number 16 by: Suzette

    Where can I find out about the next one? You guys are insane, and so am I, I should be there too! Lemme know..

  17. comment number 17 by: Adrianne Weremchuk

    My sister and I want to participate in a flash mob! How do we get on the list?

  18. comment number 18 by: Josh

    Yeah, I wanna flash mob. How do I get on the list?

  19. comment number 19 by: Chris

    I would like to become a part of the list. I’ve got a loyal group of people who have been observing the events and we’re really intrigued with what we’ve heard. Thanks.

  20. comment number 20 by: ralphjunior

    will you be my friendster?

  21. comment number 21 by: Jeremy

    I want in.

  22. comment number 22 by: eloisa

    Hi, my name is Eloisa and I would like to became a part of the list…. letÂ¥s organize this here in Brazil….

  23. comment number 23 by: ty pham

    i have a few dozen people under my power.. and we all want to be Mob-ers!

    email please. ny/nj area.

  24. comment number 24 by: belinda

    who has really good photos of recent flash mobs? we are writing an article and would need good photo material. please contact me.

  25. comment number 25 by: breckenridge colorado

    Yeah, I would like to see more photos of this. Any good links out there besides what is already here? Thanks!