NEW YORK – the New York subway riders got out of the city, the latest attack Tuesday, a day after police say a would-be suicide attacker with a pipe bomb.
The underground passageway to the Times Square station, where the homemade device went off Monday was packed with commuters a day later. The only sign of Monday’s explosion was in an increased presence of the police, including a badge-wearing German shepherd with the name Omar.
Riders said that they had no qualms about back to the station, where the authorities say that Akayed Ullah from the bomb.
“I just feel like New York City is a resilient city, and you just move on with your life and do the best you can do,” said Jennifer Farinas, whose daily commute is a bus from Secaucus, New Jersey, to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the vicinity of the proposed station and then the subway to her marketing job. “Anything can happen, anytime, anywhere, you just need to be aware.”
Maintenance employee Jorge Garcia said that he doesn’t think twice about getting in the subway at Times Square.
“I’m used to it,” Garcia said. “I went through 9/11. I was about three blocks away when the World Trade Center came down.”
Sammy Baron said his bus from New Jersey, arrived at the terminal about 20 minutes after the explosion on Monday and that people were still active in the scene.
But Baron took the bus on Tuesday and transferred to the subway to his Manhattan bank job. “Life goes on,” he said.
Ullah was the only person seriously wounded in the explosion in the blocklong walkway. Three other people were complaining about hearing loss and headaches.
Ullah, 27, remained in the hospital Tuesday and it was unclear whether he is good enough to appear in court to face the federal against terrorism.