Failed Times Square Car Bomb Parked Next to the Marriott Marquis Hotel
As you have most likely heard by now, there was a failed car bombing attempt in the center of New York City's Times Square on Saturday night. The only reason it was a "failed" attempt is due to the amateurish nature of the bomb, which comprised of consumer-grade fireworks, propane tanks, gasoline, fertilizer and two alarm clocks set to go off at midnight, all in the back of a Nissan Pathfinder SUV parked near an eagle-eyed street vendor, who noticed smoke and called the police.
As a result of this emergency, all of Times Square was evacuated of pedestrians, office workers and of course, tourists staying in Times Square-area hotels. The largest evacuation of guests happened with the south tower of the fully booked Marriott Marquis, which sits right on Broadway and was also the scene of the fatal suspect pursuit in December. Another hotel that evacuated was The Edison.
Although guests of the evacuated rooms were simply sheltered in other parts of the hotel, away from the side where the suspicious SUV was being searched by police, it sure gave a scare. Often tourists visiting New York have Times Square in their minds as the perfect location for their hotel, but in reality it is one of the worst areas if you are seeking rest and relaxation and authentic New York life. Perhaps you should reconsider those Marriott Marquis reservations right now.