Police have deemed a suspicious package left outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art safe after closing nearby streets and issuing an advisory to clear the area.
The package left on the sidewalk near the museum was actually a suitcase, police said Monday. Police were first notified of the luggage after a museum security dog checked out the suitcase.
Almost an hour after issuing an advisory around 2:55 p.m. to clear the scene, police said the area was safe and reopened the closed off streets.
The department had briefly closed off Fifth Avenue between East 81st Street and East 84th Street for the ongoing investigation.