NYPD on high alert following Boston Marathon bombing

Posted at 11:59 AM, Apr 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-16 12:00:34-04

Expect to see a lot more police officers on city streets as the  NYPD remains on high alert following the bombings in Boston.

The NYPD says there are no known threats against the city, but because they don’t know who is responsible for the Boston terror attack, security experts say they have to be vigilant and cover all the bases.

Early Tuesday a police mobile command center was up and running on Seventh Avenue just south of 42nd Street and a line of patrol cars sat on the other side of the block.

Within minutes of the bombings in Boston, the NYPD rushed extra cops to key tourist spots such as the Empire State Building and Times Square. One thousand counter-terrorism officers were on hand to make sure the city remained safe and to calm jittery nerves.

Cops were also deployed to hotels and other tourist locations including the World Trade Center.

All of this comes just before the three-year anniversary of the attempted car bombing in Times Square.

On May 1, 2010, the city got lucky when a crude car bomb started to detonate but was seen by people in the area  in time.  No one was hurt.

A Pakistani born U.S. citizen, Faisal Shahzad, was later  arrested and admitted trying to set off the bomb.  Had he been successful there could have been even more killed than in Boston.

Security experts say they expect the NYPD to stay on high alert until they figure out why and who is responsible for the Boston bombings.