Several readers got in touch this morning to let us know that the FDNY had blocked off Jerome Avenue at East 17th Street.
Authorities arrived at approximately 8:20 a.m. and began to investigate a barrel left on the sidewalk, adjacent to the bank.
“It looks like they were investigating a black oil drum that was standing on Jerome. The East 17 approach and Jerome were blocked off but people were still allowed to walk through,” said Gene, a Sheepshead Bites tipster. “They were gently tapping on it and kind of just poking around.”
The streets have since reopened. We have sent out a request for information to the FDNY and will update this post if we hear back.