[UPDATES BELOW] Someone just hung a banner featuring Putin's face and the message, "Peacemaker," on the Manhattan Bridge. Go figure.
We spotted a banner being unfurled on north side of the bridge at 1:47 p.m. At least two people were near the sign when it was unfurled, though it is unclear whether they were involved. One individual was wearing a cap.
We will update with more information when it becomes available.
Update 2:28 p.m.: While it's still unclear who's responsible for the Putin banner, there may be a connection with a pop-up shop that sold Peacemaker Putin gear in 2014. You can read more about the shop, which was located in Gramercy, here.
Meanwhile, one DUMBO officer worker who witnessed the banner hanging tells us, "It took them a while. They were kind of fumbling with it. They definitely were lacking in stage management experience."
Update 2:52 p.m.: Cops appear to be removing the banner.
Update 3:10 p.m.: The banner was definitively gone at 2:55 p.m., over an hour after it first appeared.
Now please enjoy this timelapse of its brief life, shot by reader Tim McDonald: