Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bombing in My Chelsea Neighborhood

Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan
Last Saturday I was not in Chelsea, the New York neighborhood where my office is located. Luckily no colleagues were wandering around either on 23rd Street, while a self-made bomb exploded on that same street at 8:30pm, a bomb that injured 29 people.

Almost before anything was officially officially, Presidential hopeful Donald Trump already called it a "bombing". He was initially admonished by Hillary Clinton for mentioning the "b" word, but later on she too used it. Later that evening New York Mayor Bill de Blasio referred to it as "an intentional act" and Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was "obviously an act of terrorism." Another time, I'd like to go into the distinctions between "lone wolf" vs. "home-grown vs "real" terrorists. Bottom line was that a senseless bomb exploded in a nice quiet area in Manhattan, known for its restaurants and cafes, its small businesses, its galleries and its gay community. The damage was obviously bad for the injured and, fortunately, not terrible for the neigborhood. Still, the shock was great.

View of 23rd Street towards 6th Ave.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio reviewing the damage
That same evening another bomb was found on 27th Street. Whoever was behind it seemed to have a grudge against the neighborhood or what?  Due to some good police work and not a very smart "terrorist", the latter was arrested two days later in New Jersey: Ahmad Rahami, American citizen and born in Afghanistan......Haven't we heard this before?                                                                                      
Damage at Orangetheory Fitness
close to our office
Damage at La Maison du Macaron
close to our office

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