Woman who called in Chelsea bomb honored with proclamation at event

NYPD Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney of the 13th Precinct, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Public Advocate Letitia James, honoree Jane Schreibman,  Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Daniel Campanelli , aide to Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Dr. Joyce Brown, president of FIT, at an event on Friday (Photo by Michelle Deal Winfield)

NYPD Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney of the 13th Precinct, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Public Advocate Letitia James, honoree Jane Schreibman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Daniel Campanelli , aide to Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Dr. Joyce Brown, president of FIT, at an event on Friday (Photo by Michelle Deal Winfield)

By Michelle Deal Winfield

On Friday, September 30, a celebration was held to honor Jane Schreibman, a professional photographer, who reported finding a bombing device on September 17 in Chelsea. The event was held at the Fashion Institute of Technology and coordinated by Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer.

At the event, Brewer presented a Proclamation from the City of New York naming Friday, September 30th “Jane Schreibman Appreciation Day” in the borough of Manhattan. Jane had found a pressure cooker with a cell phone attached in a plastic bag, a secondary bombing device, on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The proclamation was unusual because it contained multiple gold seals and multiple signatures of elected officials. Brewer read from the Proclamation, the “rigged device was ready to explode.” And called Schreibman her “Shero.”

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This explosion scared everyone we interviewed, at least a little

Neighbors Ted Goldman and Marshall Blass had differing views. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Neighbors Ted Goldman and Marshall Blass had differing views. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

After the explosion in Chelsea that injured 29 people, and the arrest of a man believed to be behind the attack and another attempted bombing nearby, in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, residents told Town & Village they were naturally concerned about their safety — but not enough to panic.

Peter Cooper resident L. Infantino said she was at a movie theater on West 23rd Street near the explosion site a half hour before the bomb went off.

“I was very lucky,” said Infantino, who’d been out with a friend. The incident left her asking questions about why that location was chosen, and she’s guessing that it’s because it was close to the subway and PATH station, where the bomber could have made a quick exit.

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Two men wanted for questioning in Chelsea bombing

Individuals wanted for questioning

Individuals wanted for questioning

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The NYPD and the FBI are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two individuals wanted for questioning in regards to the Chelsea bombing.

The men were seen on surveillance video when they allegedly took a piece of luggage from the sidewalk on West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, removed an improvised explosive device from the bag and left the area, leaving the device behind but taking the luggage. Police said that they took the bag on Saturday between 8 and 9 p.m., the same hour that the explosive device detonated on West 23rd Street.

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Diner quickly reopens on 23rd St. for blind customers

Malibu Diner customer Barbara Police urged Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to let the diner reopen. Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Malibu Diner customer Barbara Police urged Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to let the diner reopen. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Although the street was closed to foot and car traffic until Monday night due to the explosion, the owners of one business on West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue felt the need to reopen as quickly as possible.

The Malibu Diner has a close relationship with the residents of Selis Manor, a residence and social service agency for the blind farther east on the block, and diner owner Alex Grimpas said that it was important for nearby residents that they reopened quickly.

“We wanted to be open as soon as possible so (Selis Manor residents) know they’re not by themselves,” Grimpas said. “It wasn’t about making money but it was to help the community.”

Malibu has been in Chelsea for the last 40 years and Grimpas said that his staff is trained to serve the residents of Selis Manor, making sure their food is cut up and that they get discounted meals.

The diner started a program a few years ago with Selis Manor that uses a voucher system to provide at-cost breakfasts for residents, and they wanted to continue the relationship with the residents.

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UPDATED: Man wanted for Chelsea explosion

28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami

28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami

UPDATE: Rahami has been arrested after firing at police in New Jersey, NBC New York reported. He’s also wanted for a bombing in New Jersey, the Daily News reported.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a man believed to be involved in the bombing in front of  135 West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on Saturday night.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, born on January 23, 1988 in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, NJ. He is about 5’6″ and weighs about 200 pounds, He has brown eyes, brown hair and brown facial hair.

He is considered armed and dangerous and police are instructing anyone who sees him not to approach him and to dial 911 immediately.

The FBI is investigating the cause of the explosion, which occurred at 8:30 p.m. Multiple news outlets reported that the bomb, which was made with a pressure cooker, flip phone and Christmas lights, was filled with shrapnel and designed to inflict maximum damage. Another device was found on West 27th Street that did not detonate. Twenty-nine people were injured, and all of the victims were treated at the hospital and have been released.

As of Monday morning, most of the transit closures and street detours have been lifted but 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues remains closed. M23 buses are detoured in both directions, to 14th Street in the eastbound direction and to 34th Street in the westbound direction. PATH service has resumed except at the 23rd Street station.