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November 27, 2011
By Steven Greer, MD
The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), part of the CME Group, has dropped the onerous security measures at the entrance to its retail mall. The metal detectors and X-ray bag screening station have been removed. People can now walk freely throughout the glassed-in corridor that faces the Hudson River and used to house many retail shops.
All of those shops are now closed down. Staff at the NYMEX explained that the tight security hampered business too much. The one remaining business is Jack’s Unisex Hair Salon. Late next year, new shops are supposed to move in, according to the staff.
NYMEX Staff explained to BatteryPark.TV that the security alert status since 9/11 is now lowered making the screenings unnecessary. Related, many businesses across the street in the Financial District are begging the Mayor to remove unsightly exterior barricades in front of store front businesses.