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Tappan Zee climbers busted

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am

What, the city’s many iconic bridges aren’t picturesque enough for some people?

Two Queens men were arrested in the pre-dawn hours of last Friday morning after they tried to scale the Tappan Zee Bridge in order to take pictures of the nighttime traffic moving across the structure.

A passing motorist spotted Grant Gilliam, 27, of Rego Park, and James McCullagh, 28, of Woodside on the bridge and called the authorities around 2:30 a.m.

State police, the Nyack Fire Department and the New York State Thruway Authority all responded to the call, and the two daredevils were charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass and being a pedestrian on a state highway.

According to published reports, Gilliam and McCullagh took a cab from Queens to the bridge.

The two photographers pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and arraignment is scheduled for June 17.

— Christopher Barca

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