If you haven’t heard it yet on the news, New York City is under a terror alert as of this past Thursday night. What exactly does this mean? HIgh surveillance, police and other law enforcements agents throughout the city and on public transit, vehicle and bag searches, and major traffic jams. But in NYC, this is inevitable.
We live with the daily possibility of being under attack. After September 11, 2001, New Yorkers know what can happen. Although we do not dwell on the past, that day is always in the back of our minds. The events of that Tuesday morning a decade ago are still close to reality.
Yesterday, the city was as bustling as ever. People were going about their business as if no warning was issued. It was a bright, sunny Friday, a welcome relief to all of the recent rain. Sidewalk cafes were busy and parks were filled. I wandered past a high school basketball game in progress.
|Basketball in Greenwich Village|
Last evening, every bar and restaurant was jamming, with waits out onto the sidewalks, and seats were few and far between.
Mayor Bloomberg rode the subway yesterday to work as usual. We were instructed to go about our business, but remain alert and be extra careful.
The MTA started a campaign after 9-11—If You See Something, Say Something. These are words to live by in New York City on a daily basis. September 11, 2011 will be no different.