NEW YORK - Times Square returned to business as usual yesterday as police investigating this week's explosion at a military recruiting center looked at dozens of security videotapes, hoping to identify the bicycle-riding suspect.
Among the videos were one showing a cyclist pedaling toward an area where a bicycle was found ditched in the trash, and one with someone walking away from that same spot on East 38th Street, police said.
Investigators suspect the bike, a 10-speed in good condition, may have been used by the bomber just before dawn Thursday in the attack on a military recruiting station.
"We're in the process now of identifying those cameras, downloading them," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, told CNN yesterday.
"We've got a lot of cooperation from the businesses in the area, and we're doing the normal investigative steps that you would expect in a case like this."
Authorities said there was no connection between the blast and letters sent to as many as 100 members of Congress bearing the words: "Happy New Year, We Did It."
Officials said the lengthy antiwar letters contained no threats. They were still investigating whether the recruiting office bombing was connected to strikingly similar explosions at two foreign consulates in Manhattan in October.
In October, two small explosive devices were tossed over a fence at the Mexican Consulate, shattering windows.
Police said they believed someone on a bicycle threw the devices.