With word of a possible terror plot in the works, security measures were beefed up in and around Lower Manhattan Sunday as family members, politicians and dignitaries gathered to mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Residents living just a few blocks from the World Trade Center site became witness Sunday to street closures and a large presence of police officers, both on foot and on horse.
"It's frustrating because I got evacuated 10 years ago. I wanted to do the things this year I couldn't do," said one Battery Park City resident.
In some cases, movement around the neighborhood was completely restricted by barriers and checkpoints.
"It's a bit you know troublesome for us to move around because we wanted to go to the pharmacy but it's closed right now so we have to wait until late in the afternoon but it's fine," said one Battery Park City resident.
Many residents who spoke with NY1 said they anticipated the heavy security on September 11th, especially on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
"I expect it to be this way, and I'm glad to see that security has been beefed up as much as it is with all the various groups here commemorating what happened," said one Battery Park City resident.
"It's restricting but we accept it," said another.
"It's deserving, the security. It's not an issue. We just expect that it has to happen," said a third.
Others said they were glad to see the police presence in the neighborhood, considering how close they live to where the Twin Towers once stood.
"I actually feel safer having them, it's kind of an erie quietness about today," said one Battery Park City resident.
"It is kind of scary but then I also feel very safe too," said another.
One person who spoke with NY1 said even with all of the extra security she still feels vulnerable, and is all the result of what happened 10 years ago.