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Police shut down a massive dance party that a 19-year-old college dropout organized on the Manhattan Bridge. Three people were arrested and hundreds were sent home.

The wild party late Saturday night needed a permit – a request that likely would have been denied because it took place on a city bridge.

Hundreds of people took over the pedestrian walkway.  Video given to Fox 5 by the organizers shows a massive crowd with some dancing on speakers, others guzzling booze.

Alexander Schlaferman is the guy behind the experience, and he's not even of legal drinking age. The teen frrom Bensonhurst calls the flash mob parties "Xandernation" and this was the fifth he's thrown.

"People don't call it a party, it's an experience," Schlaferman says.

"Were there safety concerns? Absolutely, but if a person wants to drink and do drugs, they don't need me to tell them ‘hey drink and do drugs.' If that's something they want to do they're going to do it on their own," said Schlaferman.

While cyclists and pedestrians were inconvenienced, Schlaferman promise the party was safe, though some people who use the bridge every day, were not so convinced.

"It is unsafe, of course it's not safe,1,000 people on a bridge," Lucille Ferrari says.

Ferrari lives in DUMBO and says she and others in the neighborhood heard the blaring music.

Schlaferman didn't have a permit, and on a Facebook page promoting the event, he acknowledged it was illegal.

"I warned people I said listen, there's a chance you're going to get arrested," Schlaferman says.

Just before 1:00 a.m., police broke up the party and arrested Schlaferman and the two DJs he hired, 23-year-old Brendon Risano and 20-year-old Giacomo Nacci.  They were slapped with charges including reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Schlaferman says an arrest won't stop him from throwing more of these parties.

"Now this has blown up a little, I hope whoever's watching this, it seems like we're going to need to get some permits," Schlaferman says.  "We're going to try to get as crazy as possible – but as safe as possible."

Schlaferman and the two DJs have court dates schedule for next month.  He says he won't disclose yet when or where the next party will be held.

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