Feisal Shahzad the dubbed “Times Square Bomber” apparently had his targets set on both the World Financial Center and Ground Zero according to federal court documents released today.
However, after analyzing foot traffic patterns, Shahzad decided that an attack on Times Square would cause more damage. Although not his initial target, admitted several other NYC locations would be secondary targets including our neighborhood.
According to the federal court documents, “during the late afternoon of May 1, 2010, Shahzad drove his car, which was packed with the bomb he had built, from his residence inÂ Connecticut to Times Square and parked the car on 45th Street near Seventh Avenue. He thenÂ attempted to initiate the bomb detonation process inside the car by lighting a fuse, and afterÂ doing so, he got out of the car, armed with the semi-automatic rifle that he had brought with him,Â and walked to Grand Central terminal. While walking to Grand Central terminal, he listened forÂ the sound of the bomb exploding. Two days later, he was arrested at John F. Kennedy
International Airport while trying to the leave the United States on a commercial flight.”
Shahzad will receive a mandatory life Â sentence next week for his bomb attempt in Times Square on May 1. He has since plead guilty for the bomb attempt.
Women in our area who were pregnant during the September 11th attacks were not found to have at risk births according to a recently published study.
Extensive studies have been held to determine the long and short term effects of the 9/11 attacks on mental and physical healths, but this study is one of the first to demonstrate a little to no effects on unborn babies during that time. Â This is in contrast to a previous study that had found that children exposed to the 9/11 attacks in our area were found to be developmentally vulnerable.
Researchers examined the birth outcomes of 446 women who had worked or lived in our area and were pregnant at that time.
Because the income levels of the women were higher than most New Yorkers, they were compared against women in a similar income bracket who did not live in the area, excluding women who were on Medicaid.
Of those mothers who claimed to be suffering from post traumatic stress symptoms, some were found to have given birth to more low-weight and premature babies than those without.
Hisham Elzanaty, the developer and single largest investor in the Park51 Islamic community center vows to move forward with developing a mosque near Ground Zero.
Elzanaty has received national attention in previous weeks after receiving two offers to buy out his stakes in the development from both Donald Trump and the World Chess Federation.
Having spoken only through his attorney, Elzanaty has broke his silence admitting that the mosque was indeed his idea and that he “felt it was a great place for people to pray” and that he “didn’t expect this commotion, this hate, this anger,” according a report from the Daily News.
According to the same article, Elzanaty’s parents were victims of the EgyptAir crash in 1999 and could relate to the plights of 9/11 families having been personally affected by a terrorist attack. “I am one of them. I lived this two years before they did. I will never do anything to harm America.”
Fox 5 News in New York did an exclusive interview with Elzanaty below:
As we remember what happened to our community and nation as a whole in the past, we look forward to the future of our neighborhood. Through the stunning renditions offered by Silverstein Properties, we are offered a glimpse into what our neighborhood will be when the World Trade Center site is completed.