After the horrific bombings during the Boston Marathon today, cities across the world are on high alert. In New York City, the NYPD and counter-terrorism units have been dispatched at both Times Square and Grand Central Station. Officers are quietly, yet efficiently, monitoring the areas, as well as areas key landmarks across the city. Around every corner, you could expect to see a cop, a cop car, and a police van, patrolling and monitoring the area near Times Square and Grand Central Station, keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity.
The NYPD was very cryptic, but, from what we could gather, the terror alert hasn't been heightened; the increased presence of officials were the only indicator that something was "different." We've reached out to the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information and here's what Paul J Browne, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Police Department, said in a statement to Heavy.
We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles (CRVs) until more about the explosion is learned.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today's horrific bombing.
A guy in Times Square is still looking for weed. Business as usual?
People are still posing with Elmo, though.
Yet, nearby, a New York City Counter-Terrorism officer is patrolling the streets near Times Square.
A NYPD officer talking to some tourists outside of Grand Central.
Three NYPD officers grouped together in Times Square.
An officer near Times Square.
A helicopter hovering over Times Square.
NYPD officer near Times Square.
Grand Central station during rush hour. Still packed as usual.
An unmarked police car near the Bryant Park subway station.
Two NYPD officers with motorcycles near Grand Central Station.
A police car and a police van parked in Times Square.
Three NYPD vehicles close together in Times Square.
Police officers outside the New York Times headquarters.
An NYPD officer guarding a blocked off section of Times Square.
But, at the same time, three people holding up a Mexican flag in the middle of Times Square.
A cop car right in front a cordoned area of Times Square.
Three NYPD vehicles in front of the NYPD offices in Times Square.
Speaking of which, a close up view of the NYPD offices in Times Square. Earlier, this office was packed with officers.
A huge portion of Times Square blocked off and multiple police cars guarding the area.
Two police vehicles in Times Square.
Another shot of the unmarked police care near the Bryant Park subway station.
A block of cop cars next to Grand Central Station.
A cop near the entrance to Grand Central.
A NYPD officer spotted in Grand Central Station.
Two police vehicles across the street from one another outside of Grand Central Station.
Officers created a makeshift observation tower near Times Square.