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Chelsea Explosion Follow-up, Thank You & "Ready New York"

Last Saturday evening, our community became a focal point for the region and the nation when an explosion occurred on 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, just west of the Flatiron BID's boundaries. Another device was found several blocks away on West 27th Street.  Fortunately, no lives were lost, all of the injured have been released from the hospital, and the suspect has since been apprehended.  While we may never know why the Chelsea neighborhood was targeted for this senseless attack, we do know that our first responders, elected officials, neighbors, and every day New Yorkers responded with courage and conviction. 

By yesterday morning, West 23rd Street was reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Local businesses along the corridor that were closed during the ongoing investigation have since reopened, and the BID encourages you to patronize them and show your support.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the first responders from the NYPD, FDNY, OEM, and EMS, as well as the FBI and all of the city, state, and federal officials who worked quickly in coordination together.

In light of these events, the BID encourages New Yorkers to register for Notify NYC, the City of New York's official source for information about emergency events and important City services. Registration is free. Another public resource is Ready New York, NYC Emergency Management’s public education campaign. Through this program New Yorkers learn about emergency planning, NYC Emergency Management can send knowledgeable staff members and NYC CERT volunteers to educate your community about preparedness.

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