[UPDATE BELOW] After a suspicious package shut down a block of Eighth Avenue by 44th Street earlier today, another suspicious package has prompted an evacuation of Times Square (remember the last evacuation?). We turn once again to the Office of Emergency Management Twitter page, which states: "Due to police activity in the vicinity of 46th Street and Broadway(MN) expect street closures in the Times Square area." Honestly this is getting kind of repetitive, but it's worth noting if only for this great shot of an empty Times Square. (Crank up the Kid A and enjoy.) We'll update when we've got more details or heroes.
UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: An official close to the investigation tells NBC that the package "is a lunch cooler with a handle. Someone notified police about the package so they are responding as a precautionary measure. Police say the package was near the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway." The NYPD gets 100 reports of suspicious packages every day.
UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: According to the Office of Emergency Management, "All police activity at 46th Street and Broadway in Manhattan has concluded. All streets in Times Square are now open." See y'all at the next suspicious package!
UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The cooler had Poland Spring water bottles and a bag next to it had books inside it. But WHAT KIND OF BOOKS?! All we know is that NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told CBS 2: The NYPD received nearly 150 reports of suspicious packages yesterday, which is dramatically higher than the average of amount of reports for a typical day. In fact, the number of suspicious package reports has been up all week following Saturday's attempted car bombing. Because everybody wants to be the hero.
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: A source familiar with the investigation tells Newsday that the bag was a gift bag from "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Winfrey, who will probably have her citizenship revoked any second, was filming her show at Radio City Music Hall today (she shaved Dr. Phil's beard!) and is no doubt boarding a flight to Dubai at this very moment. "This is something that happens fairly regularly," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly tells the AP. "When you have a major event, the reports of suspicious packages will go up. I think, to a certain extent, people are becoming more suspicious, more vigilant and that results in more calls."