On Guard on 47th Street

If you go to 47th Street in New York these days, you'll notice a lot that's different. It used to be that simple IDs got you into a building, but now they often have to be backed up by phone calls that vouch for visitors. More buildings require you to walk through metal detectors. And if that doesn't remind you enough of an airport, 580 Fifth Ave. even has its own baggage inspection machine. Before Sept. 11, 2001, 47th Street had tight security, to discourage theft. But concerns about terrorism have left everyone on even higher alert. "The city has told us that if we see anything suspicious—even a UPS truck that doesn't seem like it has its normal driver—to call them up and not hesitate," says Michael Toback, president of Myron Toback and a board member of the 47th Street Business Improvement District. "The supers, the guards, the tenants—everyone is just very aware." Sensitivi

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