Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, says in astatement posted Sunday on the BID's website that "Times Square andall the Broadway shows are open for business and we are not goingto let this stop us from living our lives and carrying on asbefore. I have full faith and confidence that the NYPD will do allin their power to find who is responsible and keep us safe." TheBroadway League issued a similar business-as-usual statement. TheNew York Daily News reported that Mayor Michael Bloombergwas planning to take NYPD Officer Wayne Rhatigan, who sprang intoaction after a street vendor alerted him to smoke curling from aparked SUV, to dinner at the Blue Fin restaurant in Times Square,both to thank him and to prove that the area is safe.

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Napolitano told CNN Sunday that Homeland Security was "treatingit as if it could be a potential terrorist attack." However,Napolitano also told ABC-TV's This Week that the bomb wasnot a sophisticated device and that "right now, we have no evidenceother than it is a one-off."

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A Taliban group in Pakistan reportedly claimed responsibilityfor the Saturday night incident, which would have detonated an SUVin one of the city's most crowded tourist areas. However, the samegroup also reportedly claimed credit for last year's mass murder atan immigration center in upstate Binghamton, NY, which turned outto be perpetrated by a laid-off Vietnamese immigrant with no tiesto the group.

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According to published reports, New York City police and federalagents were reviewing surveillance footage from Saturday eveningthat showed a white man in his 40s walking away from the area wherethe SUV was parked, looking over his shoulder. The New YorkTimes reported Sunday that a police bomb squad opened a 75-lb.locker in the SUV that contained a thicket of wires, M-88firecrackers and several bags of a granular substance that had thelook and feel of fertilizer.

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When the potential car bomb was discovered, the Times Squarearea from 43rd to 47th streets between Avenue of the Americas andEighth Avenue was shut down. The south tower of the MarriottMarquis hotel was also evacuated. However, no Broadway shows werecanceled, although some started late.

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In a statement, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer saysthe unsuccessful car bombing "is a reminder to all of us thateight-and a half years since 9/11, New York is still a target foracts of terrorism. This morning, President Obama pledged federalassistance in the investigation into this heinous attempt atcivilian violence. I am grateful to the White House for recognizingthe safety of New York City as a national priority."

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.