A former “America’s Got Talent” contestant has turned a massive sinkhole near his Bed-Stuy home into a viral sensation, filming himself wearing a mole mask and other wild outfits as he crawls inside — and draws millions of views on TikTok.
Danny Wolverton, 36, known for his levitation act on “AGT,” discovered the roughly 8-by-5-by-3-foot hole hole during a July stroll and saw an opportunity to make an artistic statement — and attract eyeballs to his social media.
“Reality is stranger than fiction. This life has endless possibilities, whatever can happen will happen,” Wolverton said. “If there’s a hole in your neighborhood, someone’s going to have the idea to go down there.”
During Wolverton’s interview with The Post, two neighbors said his arty antics could make a mountain out of his mole-hole — endangering kids who want to copy him.
“[You’re] making a bigger hole where we already have a problem,” scolded one woman, filming Wolverton with her phone while walking a small dog. “No it is not [the parents’ responsibility], it’s your responsibility as a community member to leave this alone. … You come to our block to exacerbate an already existing problem for your own benefit.”
Residents have made “several” complaints over concerns about people “crawling into the void” in the sidewalk, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed to The Post.
Wolverton told The Post that he’s never posted the address of the hole on social media — and thinks the attention from the videos might motivate the city to “fill in the hole faster.”
After a neighbor complained on Thursday, cops arrived and shoved a traffic cone into the hole.
The Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection have fielded complaints and are visiting the site to determine a “permanent” solution, reps said.
Wolverton plans to continue to highlight the wonders of the hole. He’s now working on a short film highlighting the hole as an artist community. He said the film touches on gentrification and housing issues.
“So [with] my decision to keep doing [the videos], I was listening to the source of joy rather than the source of ‘uptight’ and ‘we’re going to tell you what to do,” he said.
A DOT spokesperson said the agency “strongly” discourages anyone from crawling into the hole — “moleman or not.”
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