There was a new police camera high above 45th St. and Seventh on Sunday, southwest corner, a few yards from where Faisal Shahzad, who clearly did not graduate first in his class at bomb school, had left the Nissan Pathfinder a week ago, waiting for it to go off. The camera was at the top of a white crane, the whole thing known as a skybox. What it saw Sunday was the life of Times Square and the life of the city returning to normal.
Or what passes for normal now in New York.
“You really want normal?” a young cop named Rainero, out of the 6th Precinct, West Village, was saying. “Go back to Sept. 10, 2001.”
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There was more police presence than usual on this Sunday morning, the second Sunday morning after Faisal Shahzad, who waited for the car he bought for cash over the Internet to blow a hole in the heart of New York. Only on this day, Mother’s Day 2010, a cold, brittle, sunlit day, it wasn’t a would-be terrorist bringing extra cops to Times Square, it was Oprah Winfrey.
The full name of the event was Oprah’s Live Your Best Life Walk, and the people in it started at Pier 86 and would eventually end up here in Times Square. And though it was partly a celebration of Oprah herself, and the 10th anniversary of her magazine, there were 10 different charities that would benefit from the event. So it was all right.