New York City boosted security following a deadly explosion carried out by a suicide bomber in Manchester Monday night that UK police said killed 22 people, including children.
Although there was no known threat to the city, New Yorkers were warned on Tuesday of an increase in explosive detection dogs, counterterrosim officers and bag check points, according to NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald.
NYPD presence at high-traffic locations like Yankee Stadium and Citi Field was heightened as a precaution, said NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis, who added that the attack has sparked a review of concert venue patrol protocol.
Of specific concern to Davis was Madison Square Garden because of its proximity to Penn Station, the LIRR, NJ Transit, Amtrak and several subway lines. Closeness to public transportation makes it more difficult to alter security screening practices, Davis said.
“What if you wanted to catch a train home and you are coming home with a briefcase, you are going to have to go through a magnetometer? I think the logistics would be almost impossible to do,” an NYPD official said.