A day after city officials learned the alleged Boston Marathon bombers were planning to attack Times Square, the NYPD was on full display as counterterrorism officers held a drill in the middle of the "Crossroads of the World" while Mayor Bloomberg paid a visit to remind New Yorkers and visitors alike that the area is safe. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.
An NYPD counterterrorism drill was held in a crowded Times Square Friday shortly after Police Commissioner Ray Kelly revealed that Boston police are modeling their counter-terrorism unit after New York's.
Visitors to the area had mixed feelings about the news the alleged Boston bombers had planned to attack Times Square, something city officials revealed the day before.
"We make an issue out of that and actually people get frightened for no reason," one resident said.
I was just really frustrated with the general coverage of the whole debacle, I felt like there was too much emotional manipulation going on in the news," another resident said.
"To be fair to all of the city you do have to let us know what's going on," one woman said.
The Tsarnaev brothers' had apparently planned to strike the heart of the city, but were derailed last Friday when their hostage alerted police. The FBI didn't disclose that information for a couple of days before informing the NYPD.
"We want to know anything about New York as quickly as possible," Kelly said. We have people stationed around the world precisely for that reason."
Meanwhile, Djokhar Tsarnaev was moved out of a Boston hospital to a federal medical facility for detainees outside that city.
Almost at the same time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Times Square to show there's nothing to fear. While visiting he spoke with the head of New York's tourism agency, NYC and Company.
"It's our first time here and we planned to come anyway," one tourist said.
Others New Yorkers mentioned that gas station stop where the brothers' hostage escaped was a peculiar bit of good luck no city can rely on. Several also said they have faith in police and city officials to be prepared in the future.