MANHATTAN EXPLOSION: NYC resident talks to WFLA Mary McGuire


(WFLA) – News Channel 8’s Mary McGuire spoke with her half-brother, Kelly, over the phone on Sunday morning, who lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He describes the Chelsea neighborhood as filled with families and many attractions.

“It’s a neighborhood in which tons of families have moved into over the past decade. There has been tons of housing that has been built up there, many family apartments, so on a Saturday night, you would expect to see a lot of those families out, having dinner and walking the streets. It was a beautiful night last night and families certainly would have been out,” said McGuire.

“It’s also a neighborhood that has lots of nightlife,” McGuire continued. “There are tons of movie theaters, restaurants, music venues, and parks, so on a Saturday night, that’s a spot that many people would go to.”

In the coming weeks, McGuire expects to see security measures ramped up.

“We will see more police on corners. There will be police with heavier artillery and weapons. They will be stationed at different places around the city, certainly at a lot of the large subway stations, but also at historical sites, places where large groups of people are going to gather. It usually that happens for about a week or so after an event like this,” said McGuire.

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