Nearly 50,000 runners took off Sunday morning for the ING New York City Marathon.
The New York City Marathon was set to begin within 24 hours Saturday, and the NYPD has pulled out all the stops for security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.
The same burglars have hit thirteen small mom and pop businesses on the Upper East Side during a two month span, police said. Each time they entered through a security gate and smashed or stole the cash register.
Break-ins in the 112th precinct — which includes Forest Hills and Rego Park — are up 28.7 percent this year compared to 2012.
Responding police officers took the employee into custody. He has since been released.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center had more personnel at the entry gates, which opened a half-hour earlier.
Police in New York City have beefed up security at iconic locations like the Empire State Building and World Trade Center amid online “chatter” about terror threats.
In March, a private security guard employed by the company, FJC Security, was spotted fast asleep. The company is paid hundreds of millions of dollars by the Port Authority to help protect sensitive sites such as JFK.
Backpacks, coolers, luggage and large bags are banned from going beyond the parking lot of the race track.
The National Park Service has decided to move security screening to Ellis Island.
The NYPD said Wednesday that it was beefing up security in an “abundance of caution” and not based on information that the facilities were targeted.
The NYPD has increased security at the British Consulate and other sites in New York, following an attack in London that left a soldier hacked to death.
Federal officials said visitors will now be screened on Ellis Island. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the only way to protect the statue is to screen passengers before they get on the ferries.
Thousands of runners took to the streets Sunday for the New Jersey Marathon, as crowds cheered them on surrounded by tighter security measures imposed after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Bomb-sniffing dogs and state troopers are on hand. There are officers on horseback and motorcycle along the route and police helicopters are also keeping an eye on things from the sky.