UNION SQUARE?Broker-blogger Andrew Fine files this alert and photo to the CurbedWire: "Just a heads up, my building on Union Square West has been evacuated and the northern part of Union Square Park has been blocked off for a 'suspicious chemical.' Tons of police. Any word on what's going on? The hazmat guys in yellow suits are here." Gawker is hearing whispers of "mysterious white powder." DEVELOPING... [CurbedWire Inbox]
UPDATE 12:27pm: Perimeter expanded! More from Fine on the scene: "All of Union Square Park has been evacuated and the yellow lines have moved further away from the suspect area twice. Hazmat guys removed what looked like a bag of white powder. They did not take off their masks after and the perimeter soon moved further from scene. Numerous police near suspect area do not seem overly concerned. They say some preliminary testing is being done on site." Here's two views of the scene.
UPDATE 12:50pm: Fine checks back in: "Police have just removed the yellow tape and Union Square is back open." We now return you to your regular holiday shopping.