Man Climbs Traffic Light in Times Square Traffic stopped around NYC's Times Square for about an hour By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jun 28, 2011 12:56 PM CDT 1 comment Comments A frame grab from YouTube. (YouTube) (Newser) – A man who climbed atop a traffic light and briefly stopped cars in New York City's Times Square has been taken into custody. The man climbed the 20-foot pole this morning and refused to come down for about an hour. Police halted traffic and set up an inflatable cushion under the pole, and the man appeared to argue with four police officers trying to negotiate with him from the ladder of a police emergency truck. Hundreds of onlookers packed the sidewalks to watch. He finally came down the ladder around 11:15am and was taken into custody. No word yet on his motive.