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Times Square Returns To Its Normal Crazy Self, Despite Bomb Scare

Monday, May 03, 2010

To the chagrin of midtown office workers annoyed by camera-toting mobs, not even a bomb can scare away the tourists in Times Square. While New York City officials continue to investigate the failed bomb attempt over the weekend, the area appears to be as crowded as ever.

Many tourists praised the NYPD for getting the area back on its feet, according to WNYC's Arun Venugopal.

Kary Jablonka, a tourist visiting from upstate New York, told WNYC it's important to return to normalcy as quickly as possible. "The world is full of crazy people, whether they have a political agenda or some psychologically driven agenda," says Jablonka. "They're going to do things. And if we let that intimidate that us, then they win."

Bev Burke from Rochester hadn’t spent much time in NYC before. "But I’ll tell you, today, I feel like 'I love New York City!'" she said. "I want to come back. It’s cool, and everybody has taken things in stride. Business is taken care of."

Broadway is also keeping the old adage alive: the show must go on.

"There were no evacuations from Broadway theaters," Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League told the Associated Press. Several shows had delayed curtain calls and there were some reports of audience members not being able to get into theaters due to barricaded streets.

The entire area was shut down Saturday night after a t-shift vendor alerted authorities to smoke streaming from an SUV that was abandoned on West 45th Street.  Make-shift explosives were found in the vehicle, which was parked right in front of the Minskoff Theater, which currently houses The Lion King. No one was injured. Investigators have continued to uncover video tape documenting the scene at the time of the attempted bombing.

There's still no word on how the recent bomb scare will affect the new design contest for Times Square. Some 200 designers have sent in graphics for the new pedestrian plazas. WNYC requested a statement from the Department of Transportation, but did not hear back by publication time.

How do you deal with the threat of terrorism in New York? Has the discovery of a car bomb in Times Square changed the way you feel about it? Were you in the area Saturday night? Submit your thoughts — and send your stories — to newstips@wnyc.org.

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