Police reopened 42nd Street in Times Square Wednesday afternoon after officers used a robot to check out a suspicious van that had been parked there since the morning.
"There is no explosive device," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. "The area is being restored."
The van has a temporary registration, Browne said. A placard from a nonexistent law enforcement agency is on the dashboard.
Area buildings received an NYPD alert at 11 a.m. warning that police were investigating a "suspicious vehicle" on Broadway between 41st and 42nd streets, a source said.
- With Anthony M. DeStefano and AP