As reported in the Seattle Times New York City owners in a 377 condo unit tower at 200 Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side went to court to have the name “Trump Place” removed off the 46 story building. The judge ruled that the residents “were not obliged by contract” to keep the name, and this week the big brass letters are being stripped from the building.
Close to 70 per cent of condo owners had voted to have the Trump name banished, citing security and resale concerns associated with it. This is the fourth building in New York City to have the Trump name banished, joining hotels in Toronto, Manhattan and Panama City in ditching the association.
If you have ever visited the 1983 built Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City, it is a great disappointment. It is liveried like a 1970’s marble bathroom. The apartments are even more disappointing, many with galley shaped kitchens devoid of light, and many sharing laundry facilities located down the common hall. And the residential units are devoid of fire sprinklers, with those being provided only on the first ten floors of the building for commercial tenants.
Earlier this year a man died in a Trump Tower apartment which did not have fire sprinklers. While the City of New York mandated that all residential buildings have fire sprinklers, Donald Trump rallied against this and got an exemption for buildings built prior to 1999.
Trump’s main reason for not retroactively installing sprinkler systems?
People feel safer with sprinklers,” Trump said at the time, according to The New York Times. “But the problem with the bill is that it doesn’t address the buildings that need sprinklers the most. If you look at the fire deaths in New York, almost all of them are in one- or two-family houses.”
The art of deflection.
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