A New Year’s Mystery

It happened in midtown Manhattan in the early afternoon on New Year’s Eve that a man walked several kilometers from West 32nd Street all the way to West 63rd Street without seeing anyone or being seen by anyone.

Times Square on New Year's Day
(pic by Flickr user undeleterious)

It was a clear sunny day. He did not use any disguise or unusual method of transportation. And even though Manhattan was swarming with people waiting for the ball to drop, not one person saw him.

How could this be possible?

Happy New Year, and avoid the comments if you want to figure it out for yourself!


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  1. Did he walk in the sewers?

  2. Pretty easy. He walked onto the tracks of the west side rail tunnel from where the high line comes down to grade just south of the Javitt’s Center and walked up through the tunnel up to the construction site at 63rd st underneath the trump buildings.

  3. duhh he was harry potter and was wearing his invisibility cloak.

  4. I was gonna say walked through the sewer.

  5. Even better answer…

    He walked across manhattan centuries ago, when the land was only inhabited by Native Americans!

  6. It was Mayor Bloomberg. Heyo!

  7. Clearly he walked through the ARC tunnel and then… Oh. Nevermind.

  8. very smelly man i bet !

  9. How is walking the sewer not an unusual method of transportation?

  10. I would say that Shane Perez is right, but both Amtrak and Metro North trains run regularly in the tunnel beneath Midtown West, so a man probably wouldn’t make it to 63rd without being seen or hit by a train. I’m guessing the new Third Water Tunnel, under 10th Ave., that is if it isn’t yet full of water.

  11. I used to be an engineer of track for Amtrak and used to walk track from Penn Station up to Spuytin Duyvil Bridge. The artwork in the overbuild is amazing as are the resources of the people that lived there. Another piece of (what I thought was fun trivia) was that the interlocking under the GW Bridge used to be named Martha!

  12. He walked up the West side of Manhattan along the Hudson River Greenway. Everyone else would be hanging around the center of Manhattan having a party.

  13. Is there a parade I don’t know about? If yes, he walked in a total-body costume, like a mascot or something.

  14. Snorkel up the Hudson in a good wetsuit!

  15. He was a security guard working the ball drop. In the early afternoon they closed off the area to the public and he patrolled the empty streets.