Gathered from Boston Globe, CBS (New York), Fox5 (New York) NBC (New York) Friends on the scene, Doctors and Nurses at Mass General Hospital and Tufts Hospital, and a friend at Department of Homeland Security:
-If you are trying to find loved ones, Please call: (617) 635-4500 (mayor hotline).
-If you saw anything useful about the devices or events, Please call: 1-(800) 494-TIPS
-ANYONE AT THE MARATHON NOW STUCK THE TO THE EAST IS BEING TOLD TO GATHER AT BOSTON COMMON. TO THE WEST, PLEASE GO TO KENMORE SQ.
-Once you have found your party try to leave the area. PLEASE TRY TO AVOID CROWDS. The area is very backed up along the marathon route so try to go the other direction out of the area.
-The entire last quarter of the marathon, Mass Ave, and Boyleston Ave, is CLOSED. DO NOT GO DOWN THERE. STAY PAST, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF, THE COMMON OR KENMORE SQUARE. STAY AWAY FROM COPLEY SQ AREA.
-Please do not call Hospitals, especially Mass General or Tufts, unless you KNOW or have been told your loved one is there or on the way there. Most people brought to Mass General, some to Tufts. They will direct ambulances to other hospitals when they past capacity.
-Do not call the hospitals about blood donations right now. They are needed, but please call Red Cross, who will be helping organize the local blood banks and other supplies.
-Copley Sq, Back Bay, and Park St Stations- Trains are not stopping. It is not clear from reports if the stations are officially closed.
-Any parcel left at the Marathon is being checked and treated as hostile. Police may be blowing up parcels for the next few hours.
-Evacuations: Most of the area by Copley is being evacuated. Listen to instructions Lenox Hotel is being evacuated, others are told to stay in their rooms.
-All of Boyleston and most of the marathon route is closed.
-Street Sweep: Now in effect. Copley, Boyleston, Mass Ave, etc. Head outbound.
-Cell service WAS NOT actively jammed, but as a result of congestion and damage. ATT’s Marathon Wifi is remaining active. Please use MMS instead of SMS if possible for texting to get through.
-Logan Airport Groundstop has been released. Expect lots of delays and extra security. FAA is still restricting airspace.
-2 explosions went off by Boyleston & Mass Ave within about 20 seconds of each other.
-The 3rd explosion at JFK Library is NOT confirmed related. Boston PD has gone back and forth on whether or not it may be. JFK Library’s statement says it is not.
-The third street explosion on Boyleston was a controlled explosion.
- At least 2 more unexploded devices were dismantled.
-No further devices have been found.
-UPDATE: 3 People are confirmed dead, up to 50 seriously injured. More than 100 treated.
-Intelligence officials I know in Office of Homeland Security have told me this doesn’t match any viable threats they had in their pipeline. THAT INFO IS NOT AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. NBC has said they have word it was not expected and that security did not look like when something is expected.
-New York and DC are on heightened alert. No reports or threats for DC or NYChave been received, but NYPD is taking counterterrorism measures. Just stay out of their way and don’t bug them if it’s something that can wait, and be aware that airspace, including cell service, may be restricted.
-Update: Grand Central Terminal is screening bags.
I will continue to update as I get more info. Please signal boost and share. Please do not add to this unless the information is confirmed by an official or credible source.
There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter—the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these trembling cities the greatest is the last—the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion. And whether it is a farmer arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh yes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company… — E.B. White, ‘Here is New York’
StationTerminal, NYC, 1941. The light does not stream in like this anymore because the buildings around the station are too tall.
The light didn’t stream like this for decades because the windows were blacked out in WWII…