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Giuliani: New Yorkers should return to normal life

NEW YORK (CNN) -- New Yorkers continue to operate under a heightened security level Monday, a day after a U.S.-led coalition began airstrikes over Afghanistan.

Most law enforcement officials would not release specifics on security measures across the city, fearing that would jeopardize their efforts.

"Many security measures at all airports, tunnels, bridges and ports are clearly visible and have been clearly visible since September 11," said Dan Bledsoe, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "Other measures are not quite as visible so that they may be effective."

The Port Authority manages the transportation routes into and out of New York and New Jersey.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has barred cruise ships from New York's harbor until further notice, said Petty Officer Tom Sperduto. He said recreational boats would be allowed in the area but only during daylight hours.

An increased police presence was visible Sunday and Monday near religious places of worship and on the streets in Manhattan, but the New York Police Department declined to give specific numbers of additional police officers on duty or to reveal whether there are particular security checkpoints implemented since the airstrikes, which began around noon Sunday.

Times Square 'very crowded'

The city's primary electricity provider, Con Edison, has not returned CNN calls regarding any stepped up security at its plants or other facilities.

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the city has boosted security in response to news of the strikes in Afghanistan but urged New Yorkers to "go about their normal way of life."

The city's annual Columbus Day parade began as scheduled Monday.

A major Manhattan tourist spot, the Empire State Building is open for visitors until 11:30 p.m. as usual, though security has been severely tightened.

To underscore the message that people should not let fear alter their plans, Giuliani took a stroll through busy Times Square on Sunday afternoon, accompanied by a gaggle of reporters.

"Times Square seemed to be very crowded," he said Sunday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"It was really terrific there last night; people were there in large numbers. When I was down in City Hall this morning walking around, there was a tremendous amount of people from different parts of the country who said they came here because I asked them to come, and I was very, very happy about that."


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