'New York loves Boston.' Did we just say that?
New Yorkers set aside historic rivalries in signs of support after the Boston Marathon bomb attacks. Their message: We've been attacked. We know what you're going through. We're with you.
In Pictures Learning from the Boston Marathon bombings
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On Monday night, projected on the outside wall of Brooklyn’s Academy of Music were the words, “Darkness Can Not Drive Out Darkness, Only Light Can Do That,” NY(heart)B – the Red Sox B.
And, TV personality Jon Stewart on the Daily Show on Tuesday night told his viewers that, given the bomb attacks in Boston, “in situations like this, we realize it is a sibling rivalry and we are your brothers and sisters in this type of event.”
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Yes, the Big Apple is putting aside its rivalry with Boston. The message: We’ve been attacked, so we know what you’re going through. We’re with you.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg proclaimed that New York would fly all its flags at half-staff in memory of those killed and, in addition, New York would fly the flag of the city of Boston at half-staff at City Hall. At Yankee stadium as well, flags flew at half staff.
The city is sending more than goodwill. According to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, New York sent two police sergeants to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center. They can provide expertise as well as learn more about the bombing from the Boston Police Department.
“We have an excellent working relationship with the Boston Police Department,” said Mr. Kelly at a press conference on Tuesday. “They are members of our Operation Sentry," a program to detect terror operations that may originate outside of New York City.
At least one bar, the Rivera Café and Sports Bar, which considers itself the home of New York-based Boston sports fans, is planning to send money to a fund to help the victims of the bombings. During the next seven days, Steve Sertell, the general manager, says he will send 10 percent of his gross revenue to aid victims.