A TikToker who frames her account as the go-to for insider tips on the city has committed a cardinal New York sin: messing up key details about the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sarah Hodgson, whose bio on the social media platform reads “Welcome to NYC TikTok,” faced the backlash of NYC’s social media netizens for a servicey video, which she shared early this month about visiting the Brooklyn Bridge.
Hodgson — who describes herself as a public relations intern, an editor, an award-winning writer, a podcast co-host and a minor influencer — fast-talks through her advice for visiting in cooler-weather seasons, while including backdrops of the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges in addition to the Brooklyn Bridge, despite not mentioning the other bridges in the moment.
Then, in the middle of it, she makes a geographical error that would make even transplants cringe.
“Then, you get off at one of the most beautiful neighborhoods ever, which is Washington Heights,” she said, meaning Brooklyn Heights, which is located more than a dozen miles from the upper Manhattan enclave. “There’s the brownstone townhouses, and it’s just gorgeous overall.”
She suggests taking the train to “City Hall station,” not Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station, before taking a peek at “the hall,” referring, questionably, to City Hall, and walking across the expanse from lower Manhattan and taking the promenade to Dumbo, where passers-by can find a small beach for photos. The trip across, she said, will take two to three hours.
New York Twitter wasn’t having it.
“I’m always saying one of my favorite things as a New Yorker is getting a ‘great view of the hall’ before I take 2-3 hours to cross the Brooklyn Bridge to Washington Heights (????!) so I can go to the beach in DUMBO Brooklyn,” said a Twitter user identified as Gus in a thread responding to this video and her other content.
Another shot he criticizes comes from an Oct. 10 video of her visiting Times Square, with text over the video saying “Me: NEVER GO TO TIMES SQUARE [IT’S] DANGEROUS AND GROSS,” adding the only reason she visited was because she was bored.
Hypocritical much? #timessquare #nyc #newyorkcity #newyork #lights #fun #party #friday #friends #college #school #trend #viral #fyp #foryoupage #foryo
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That critique elicited a snowball effect, with another comment reading, “Dangerous?! Is she living in the 1970s?”
In a comment to The Post, Hodgson said she corrected the Washington Heights error in a comment under the Brooklyn Bridge video.
“I’m so sorry I completely misspoke during this video, I meant BROOKLYN heights not washington heights!” she said in the comments. “I’m so sorry if I mislead anyone.” She also attributed the subway station name error to TikTok’s time limits and said that the shots of the other nearby bridges in the background were “to provide the viewpoint one may experience.”
In another message to The Post, Hodgson insisted the Washington Heights blunder was the sole error in the video.
“The Washington Heights comment was a complete misspeak on my part, which I cleared up in the comments,” she said. “I know the difference — I’ve been to both places multiple times and love them. I simply jumbled my words.”
However, as other commenters were quick to note, it doesn’t appear to be the only blunder.
Hodgson describes how engineer John A. Roebling’s wife, Emily, had to take over the Brooklyn Bridge’s construction “because his toes got broken. Period,” she said. Historically speaking, Roebling did suffer a bad injury to his toes, but died three weeks later of tetanus at the age of 63 — leaving the work to his son, Washington, and daughter-in-law, Emily. A few years later, Washington became sick with “the bends” and Emily assisted in the completion of the bridge, ferrying plans and instructions from her ailing husband.
“YOU ARE NOT FROM NEW YORK!” commented one TikTok user in response to the video. “YOU ARE NOT A NEW YORKER!!!!” Others pointed out that the walk “Doesn’t take 2-3hrs” and, despite the number of positive comments thanking her for her tips, another plainly said: “All wrong.”
“Are you even from New York?” wrote one in her guide to Central Park, with another responding, “Me watching this after growing up in the city,” wrote another, adding a palm-to-face emoji, “nononono.”
Perhaps they’re talking about the end of the clip, which shows her recommending taking in the Central Park view from the roof of the recently reopened Met museum, where the sightline, she said, is incomparable.
“Unless you live on Millionaires’ Row, I guess.”
It’s called Billionaires’ Row.
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