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Empty Blue Suitcase Caused Times Square to Shut Down For An Hour

Not the same blue suitcase that caused Times Square to cease functioning.
Not the same blue suitcase that caused Times Square to cease functioning.

Cops shut down a large swathe of Times Square this afternoon because of a suspicious package. A blue suitcase, actually, that had been left in front of the Market Food Court at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Not to worry, because the suitcase was just a suitcase.

According to DNA Info, the NYPD shut down the area between Eighth Avenue and Broadway from West 41st and West 43rd streets from 3:30 to about 4:40 p.m.

Reports of a suspicious package led to the suitcase, an innocent, empty blue suitcase sitting on the sidewalk. These days, everything is a suspicious package. That shopping bag you left on the sidewalk next to your feet for a second when you answered your phone? Suspicious. Your platform shoes? Suspicious: no one needs that much heel. Your baby's mega-stroller? I'm calling the cops.

Anyway, Times Square is now back to normal.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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