The 26-year-old man from Queens had discussed growing a beard and the side curls of a Hasidic Jew, police said, a disguise that he apparently hoped would enable him to attack a synagogue in Manhattan “and take out the whole entire building.”
His ambitions didn’t end there. The man, a native of Algeria, also expressed an interest in blowing up the Empire State Building, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
He was not a member of a terrorist group like al Qaeda, the commissioner said. Indeed, his father said, he once sold cosmetics at Saks Fifth Avenue and was now trying to be a fashion model.