Since November 2016, the Trump Tower – a skyscraper on New York’s 5th Avenue where the magnate lived for a long time – had been surrounded by police barriers. They are now just a memory, New York police confirmed Thursday.
The police had already somewhat reduced their presence around the tower that houses the billionaire’s holding company, after the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20. Last Friday, “in partnership with the Secret Service, the decision was taken to remove the barriers around the Trump Tower,” a New York police spokesperson told AFP.
The removal of barriers gives hope to luxury businesses – such as Tiffany’s, Gucci, or Abercrombie – a resumption of business in this neighborhood very close to Central Park. The pandemic and health restrictions, however, for the moment force the heart of Manhattan to idle, with many shops closed and offices deserted.
Since leaving the White House, the New York mogul has moved to his glitzy residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. Very unpopular in his hometown, a Democratic stronghold, the 45th American president had made this golf club his official residence at the end of 2019. But the Trump Organization – which oversees its affairs and whose sons, Donald Trump Junior and Eric Trump, have taken the reins while he was in the White House – remains based in the 58-story skyscraper.
The Trump Tower has been a rallying point for many anti-Trump protests for four years. In July 2020, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a big opponent of Trump, joined activists from #BlackLivesMatter to paint the name of the movement in giant letters in front of the tower.
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