Bostonians Seek Solidarity at Professor Thom’s, N.Y.U. On Alert

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Bostonians came together at Professor Thom’s today, visibly rattled by news that explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon had killed two and injured dozens more.

“I’m devastated and wanted to come somewhere Boston to show solidarity,” said Carolina Tenjo, a 27-year-old who hails from Newton, Mass., where an unexploded device was found after the initial two blasts in Copley Square. “I wanted to be there today. I was like, ‘I want to be there,’ and then bombs went off.”

Professor Thom’s was closed for weekend cleanup when news of the explosions broke around 3 p.m., but Bostonians were there to show solidarity immediately after it opened at 5 p.m.

Heather DiMare, 26, from Medford, said she attends Marathon Monday, “the only Boston day,” every year. “I was shocked,” she told The Local. “My father’s a cop; he called me first. I used to work at Mass Gen[eral Hospital]. The E.R. looks like a battle zone, my friends there say.”

At Phebe’s, another quasi-Boston sports bar, bartender Gina Lisske said a few Red Sox fans came in to watch the 11 a.m. game and some of the marathon, but left before the bombing.

Patriots’ Day, or Marathon Monday, is the most festive morning and afternoon in Boston. It’s the only day a Red Sox game starts in the morning, so that tens of thousands of fans can watch runners cut through Kenmore Square on their way to the Copley Square finish line.

Minutes ago, Jules Martin, New York University’s Vice President for Global Security and Crisis Management, sent an e-mail to the N.Y.U. community indicating that although “no information that suggests that New York in general or N.Y.U. in particular is a target for any attack,” the school’s Public Safety Department would be “extra vigilant in the coming days.” The e-mail noted that “as a precaution, the N.Y.P.D. has deployed additional officers throughout the city.”

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