Bwog has reports of a lot of cop cars blocking both auto and pedestrian traffic in the area of 120th Street and Amsterdam.
It is unclear why the blockade has been set up and where it begins and ends at this point. Updates coming shortly.
UPDATE (7:51 PM): Officers tell Bwog that it’s a “suspicious package,” somewhere along 120th Street. An officer was overheard suggesting that the building at the corner of 120th and Amsterdam should be evacuated. The car blockade now extends from 116th to 121st Street along Amsterdam, and pedestrians are also being encouraged to use alternate routes. One Barnard student tells Bwog that she almost wasn’t allowed out of Plimpton. Photos and more updates to follow shortly.
UPDATE (8:16 PM): Police are searching under trashcans and cars between 120th and 121st Streets along Amsterdam. Pedestrians have been allowed on the east side of the sidewalk, but the west side remains closed.
UPDATE (8:54 PM): Blockades have been removed except for 120th between Amsterdam and Broadway, where the “suspicious package” now sits, its contents spilled onto the sidewalk like dissected cat innards. Uniforms told to keep people back, because the detective need some “privacy” to stare at the clothes.
– Photo by ESN
More action shots of traffic confusion after the jump.
— Photos by JNW