Suspicious Package at Israeli Bank Sparks Evacuation in Midtown

By Ben Fractenberg on January 19, 2011 12:17pm | Updated on January 19, 2011 12:55pm

Police evacuated 1177 Sixth Ave. Wednesday after Bank Hapoalim received what they believed was a suspicious package.
Police evacuated 1177 Sixth Ave. Wednesday after Bank Hapoalim received what they believed was a suspicious package.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Police evacuated a building in the heart of Midtown Wednesday after an Israeli bank reported they had received a suspicious package, officials said.

Bank Hapoalim at 1177 Sixth Ave., at the corner of West 46th Street, received a greeting card Wednesday with no return address and the name of the bank spelled wrong, sparking fears it was suspicious, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Public Information Paul Browne said at the scene.

The building was evacuated Wednesday afternoon and people were allowed to return shortly before 1 p.m., on all floors of the 49-story high rise except where the bank was located.

A man who works on the 31st floor said he and his coworkers were told to evacuate at around 12:20 p.m. But they had all be reading about the incident in their building on the Internet, said the man who declined to give his last name.

"[When] they said they found a device, we knew it was serious," the man said. "At that point it was like alright, we're leaving."

The city's Office of Emergency Management tweeted that drivers should expect traffic in the area.

"Due to law enforcement activity in the vicinity of 6th Ave and 46th Street, expect traffic delays in the area," the OEM tweeted.

NYPD police officers shot and killed eight people in 2010, the lowest number since the department began keeping tracks in 1971.
NYPD police officers shot and killed eight people in 2010, the lowest number since the department began keeping tracks in 1971.
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