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U.N. General Assembly, Chelsea Explosion Prompts Heightened Security Across NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Getting around Manhattan on Monday could prove difficult.

Parts of Chelsea remain off-limits and President Barack Obama and other world dignitaries will be in town for the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

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West 23rd street between 6th and 7th remains closed -- the Dumpster still in the middle of the street following an explosion Saturday that injured 29 people, CBS2's Magdalena Doris reported.

On Sunday Governor Andrew Cuomo assured New Yorkers the bombing in Chelsea would not stop the city- its people, or the business we have to attend to.

"We are going to go back to work tomorrow just like we do on any Monday morning," Cuomo said.

On Monday, American Red Cross was providing meals to first responders, and the Standard Hotel in the West Village opened its doors to the displaced, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported. 

"No one can respond quicker, and better and more efficiently than the New York Twin Towers -- I call them the real Twin Towers -- the police and fire of New York City," Rep. Carolyn Maloney said on Monday.

Since the explosion, discovery of a pressure cooker bomb four blocks away on West 27th Street and the subsequent search for the person or people responsible for the blast, Chelsea and the rest of Manhattan will not appear how they did before our sense of security was rocked.

The pressure cooker bomb was taken to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, 1010 WINS Al Jones reported.

"You will see a lot of police presence you will see it in the subway, events, major crossroads...well armed police officers," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.

The 23rd street subway station close to the blast was immediately shut down as investigators searched for clues, as MTA crews checked for structural damage.

With all in the clear, the E, F and 1  trains are now making regularly scheduled stops. The southeast entrance on 6th Avenue will remain closed as the investigation continues.

In New Jersey, the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey coast line rail service has resumed regular weekday service following police activity, but customers should anticipate at least an hour delay as of early Monday afternoon, CBS2's Alex Denis reported.

Tickets for those lines are cross-honored by PATH, ferry service and NJ TRANSIT buses.

Today marks the start of the U.N. General Assembly -- often a time for heightened protection. Security will be tighter than ever before, with an additional 1,000 law enforcement officers fanned across the city.

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Streets will be closed on 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street, the 42nd Street Exit and entrance ramps of the FDR Drive are shut down.

You can expect sporadic closures from 34th to 60th street on the East side of Manhattan - as dignitaries arrive, officers will patrol the streets, check vehicles and stand guard.

On 23rd street, residents with proof of address and identification have been allowed back inside of their apartments, escorted by law enforcement. The street at the center of the bombing investigation is the only road still closed in Chelsea.




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