Odd Package. Edgy Riders. Trains Stop. Unclear Why.
So yesterday wasn’t just another one of those days. It was a subway-stopping, bridge-closing, going-nowhere kind of day that had a nerve-rattling uneasiness. And all because of small things that had nothing to do with each other but set off a major reaction in Lower Manhattan, first on the subway at Canal Street, and later around a car near the Brooklyn Bridge. By the time it was over, some subway lines had been snarled for more than eight hours, the Brooklyn Bridge had been closed for about 40 minutes, and the police were questioning a man who called 911 and said he had been offered money to drive a car parked near City Hall across the bridge. The headaches began around 8:45 a.m., when passengers on a subway train noticed something — a “suspicious package” containing a white substance, as a Fire Department spokesman later described it. The passengers told the conductor, who told the train operator, who stopped the northbound No. 1 train at the Canal Street station. Full Story