Pulled by truck, man goes ‘snowboarding’ through snowy NYC streets
For most people, the recent deluge of snow on the U.S. east coast was all the excuse needed to stay indoors.
But one New York City man decided to hit the snow-clogged streets for a little snowboarding – with some help from a truck.
The above video, shot by New Yorker Josseline Corniel at the corner of 6th Street and 1st Avenue Saturday, captured what might result if you were ever to cross snowboarding with wakeboarding.
Casey Neistat, 34, a well-known content creator for popular video sharing site YouTube, posted a video to his account Sunday showing him and his friends “surfing” through New York City streets while being pulled along on a tow line by a truck.
With help from his brother Dean, 32, who drive the truck, and cameraman Jesse Wellens – and featuring the iconic Frank Sinatra tune “New York, New York” – the video has quickly become a viral hit.
Titled “Snowboarding with the NYPD”, the clip has amassed nearly six million views on YouTube in the past 24 hours.
The video’s title is a reference to a moment near the end of the clip where Neistat and his driver are pulled over by the NYPD – though it becomes apparent through their exchange that the pullover was not intended seriously, and may have even been staged.
Neistat teased the video on social media during the weekend with a mock video saying he intended to respect New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to “shut down the city.”
“I know a lot of people are expecting me to be out filming and driving my car in the snow,” Neistat said. “But the mayor shut down the city and that’s something I fully plan on respecting.”
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Neistat is the man behind a number of popular YouTube videos, including previous short films about New York City’s bike lanes and subway system. He also produced an advertisement for Nike titled “#MakeItCount,” and was the star of the HB0 series “The Neistat Brothers” in 2008.
Overall snowfall of 68 cm in Central Park made it New York’s second-biggest winter storm since records began in 1869, and Saturday’s 67.6 cm made for a single-day record in the city.
-With files from the Associated Press
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