NEW YORK (AP) — As if the morning commute wasn’t odd enough, intrepid New Yorkers trying to make their way to work on Tuesday had to battle past hordes of the walking dead.

Two dozen zombies, their clothes spattered with fake blood, were staggering up and down the block outside Madison Square Garden. Downtown, others shuffled across the Brooklyn Bridge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Zombies Take New York

Some pedestrians looked startled or amused by the ghost-white actors with bruised-looking eyes. Some people ignored them entirely. Others whipped out their cell phone cameras.

Horror movie fan Linda Emery was thrilled to see the creatures.

“I’m into zombies, anything with zombies,” the 58-year-old home care provider from Brooklyn said. It made a change from her usual commute.

“You see a lot of stuff, but not this stuff,” she said.

Erik Machado, an audio engineer heading to work in New Jersey, was unfazed and passed by the scene with nary a glance at the nightmares walking around.

“Gotta commute, gotta go where I gotta go,” the Queens resident said.

The stunt was part of a campaign in 26 cities worldwide promoting the Halloween premiere of the AMC television series “The Walking Dead.”

At one point, about 15 zombies crawled on the roof, hood and trunk of a parked, off-duty taxi.

Taxi driver David Pollack managed to escape from the horde, scrambling out of the back seat, playing along with the drama of it all.

“I think I’m going to be walking over the George Washington Bridge and heading over to Jersey, hopefully they haven’t gotten there yet,” he said.

He added, “I’m a tough New Yorker, but I don’t mess with zombies.”

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (19)
  1. Zombie Commuter says:

    jd – here’s a video of it!

  2. aeyeny says:

    OH, they’re zombies!!! I thought my inlaws were on there way over for dinner.

  3. g says:

    it looks like last call at the club

  4. jd says:

    I love zombies. I would have loved to see them. My car hood would have created a real zombie lol.

  5. zain says:

    expect vampires soon…! lol..

  6. Ed G says:

    These are just stranded LIRR commuters from last night’s debacle.

  7. Nemesis xyz says:

    Dump all of these Zombies into Jupiter. Write to your favorite Astronauts to terraform a Moon for you.

  8. Mike says:

    A horde is 2 dozen? And of course, this article just adds extra promotion for the movie…for free

    1. Mike says:

      Well Mike…that would be the point of a PUBLICITY STUNT. Now wouldn’t it…

  9. Brandon J. Clark says:

    These people OBVIOUSLY have a lot of extra time on their hands.

  10. Robert says:

    That’s why aliens will never take over New York City

  11. VERA says:


  12. Al says:

    Wish I caught them on MY car-walking dead all right!

  13. Amanda says:

    This is amazing for me, ’cause we’re doing a project in Economics and we have to create a product… ours is Zom-Be-Gone! Too bad NYC didn’t have any. XD

    This is amazing, though. Seriously. Kudos to whoever did this.

  14. Apothecary says:

    This is why it’s important to have coffee in the morning.

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