Midtown Is Healing: Trump Tower Barricades Come Down


For almost 5 years, since Donald Trump introduced his presidential candidacy, the sidewalks and streets round Trump Tower have been blanketed in a maze of NYPD barricades and safety theater. On Wednesday, the police division eliminated the final of the barricades round 56th and fifth Avenue, and New Yorkers are actually free to stroll previous the previous president’s fortress unimpeded.

“In partnership with the USA Secret Service the choice was made to take away the limitations round Trump Tower,” NYPD Sergeant Edward Riley wrote in an electronic mail to Gothamist. “The NYPD doesn’t talk about safety measures.”

People snake through a line of barricades in front of Trump Tower on February 3, 2021.


The barricades in entrance of Trump Tower on February 3, 2021.

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The exterior of Trump Tower with far less barricades on Wednesday.


Trump Tower on Wednesday.

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A doorman outdoors Trump Tower stated that the barricades, and the concrete limitations impeding a lane of site visitors on 56th Avenue, got here down this morning.

“It is good having individuals be capable of stroll by once more,” they instructed a photographer.

Whereas individuals flowed freely out and in of the foyer, which is meant to be open to the general public 24/7, it was unclear if the backyard terraces on the fourth and fifth flooring had been open as properly. A message left with the Trump Group has not but been returned.

A photo of people painting Black Lives Matter in front of Trump Tower on June 9th, 2020


Folks portray Black Lives Matter in entrance of Trump Tower on June ninth, 2020

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New York Metropolis just lately estimated that safety round Trump Tower has value $150 million, in line with Patch. Trump’s visits, which value metropolis companies round $300,000 day-after-day (reimbursed yearly by the federal authorities), have been extra sporadic for the reason that former president introduced that he was altering his residency to Florida within the fall of 2019. This previous August, Trump visited his brother Robert at New York-Presbyterian Hospital shortly earlier than his loss of life.

On January twentieth, Trump left the White Home for Mar-a-Lago for an indefinite time period. The Palm Seashore City Council just lately indicated that the previous president might must register as an “worker” of the resort in an effort to reside there.

Extra reporting by C.S. Muncy.