Monday, May 25, 2009

Bomb Explodes on New York's Upper East Side

This news report sent chills up my spine. An explosion rocked an Upper East Side neighborhood in New York City at 3:25 a.m. A small, low order bomb was left on a bench in front of a Starbucks on 92nd Street and Third Avenue. When it went off, it shook the neighborhood and could be heard for blocks away.

That was once my neighborhood. To be sure, I lived there so many years ago that it was before there even was a Starbucks in Seattle, let alone any in New York City or anyplace on the East Coast. Still, I maintain an emotional attachment to New York - both the City and the Upstate area, where I grew up in a suburb just outside of New York City.

According to CNN, this is only one in a series of bombs that have gone off over a number of years, targeting Time Square, and the British and Mexican embassies. The police don't know whether there is a connection and they are still investigating.


Anonymous said...

Oh for gods sake. If this were terrorist attacks, there wouldn't be neighborhoods standing. Not these little pissant blowing out of windows. This is someone with a grudge against Starbucks.

AnonymousIsAWoman said...

Well, I don't entirely agree. I certainly don't think this was an attack by al Qaeda or any major terrorist group. And I never implied that it was.

The reason it sent chills down my spine is because it's my old neighborhood, literally. I lived there for about four or five years in the late 70s and early 80s, right off Lexington and 91st.

It could be somebody with a grudge against Starbucks. But it also might be connected to low-order, low grade bombs detonated at the Mexican and British embassies.

It could be an unsophisticated, homegrown group with a grudge for any reason, or totally unrelated.

Whoever it is, I am grateful nobody was hurt.