A visit to Don­ald’s Trump Tower

Jamaica Gleaner - - CLASSIFIEDS - Michael Reck­ord Gleaner Writer

DON­ALD TRUMP could well be­come the next pres­i­dent of the United States – and thus the most pow­er­ful man in the world. So when I was in his home town, New York City, re­cently, I thought I should drop in on him.

I ar­rived at the pres­ti­gious Trump Tower on New York’s renowned Fifth Av­enue to see five or six peo­ple on the other side of the street tak­ing pic­tures of the 68-storey build­ing where Trump lives and has the head­quar­ters for his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and busi­ness em­pire.

Af­ter tak­ing a cou­ple of pic­tures my­self, I walked across the street to the tall, uni­formed black man stand­ing guard at the Tower’s huge front en­trance. Mr Trump was not in, I heard, but I was free to tour the place. Any­body could.

You can learn a lot about a per­son by ex­am­in­ing his home, so I pushed my way through the heavy glass door. If it was so easy to get into the build­ing, I was won­der­ing, why did 19-yearold Stephen Ro­gata (aka Michael Joseph Ryan) choose the hard way? The story was all over the news.

DAR­ING STUNT

Days be­fore, Ro­gata, of Great Falls, Vir­ginia, had used four pow­er­ful suc­tion cups to help him climb up the tower’s glass façade, and af­ter nearly three hours, had reached the 21st floor when po­lice­men reached out from a win­dow and grabbed him. He was charged with reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing then taken to Belle­vue Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion.

Trump Tower, com­pris­ing res­i­den­tial, of­fice and com­mer­cial spa­ces, of­fers panoramic views of Fifth Av­enue, Madi­son Av­enue, and the more dis­tant Await­ing Don­ald Trump’s ar­rival, a crowd out­side Trump Tower watches as po­lice­men mon­i­tor the traf­fic pass­ing by the build­ing.

Cen­tral Park. Across the road from that park, though, at Colum­bus Cir­cle, is an­other Trump build­ing – The Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Tower – which I also vis­ited.

In Trump Tower, I saw its three din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the Trump Grill, Trump Café, and Trump Bar. Both Nike and Gucci have their flag­ship stores in the Tower, and I spent some time ad­mir­ing the jew­ellery in the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Bou­tique near the ground-floor en­trance.

The 60-foot water­fall flow­ing down the east­ern wall of the build­ing is a sight to be­hold. Ac­tu­ally, I found the whole build­ing, in which a golden glow pre­dom­i­nates, a mar­vel.

Re­mem­ber NBC tele­vi­sion’s The Ap­pren­tice? It was shot in the Tower, which con­tains the board room where Trump barked the fa­mous phrase “You’re fired!” to at least one per­son as each episode ended.

When Ro­gata made his climb,

Trump was in Vir­ginia, but I was luck­ier. I al­most saw him.

On leav­ing the build­ing, I saw a crowd gath­ered near the door. They were held back by a cou­ple of iron bar­ri­ers at the cor­ner of the 5th Av­enue and 56th Street cor­ner of the Tower. A po­lice car and four NYPD cops par­tially blocked the lat­ter street.

None of those things had been there when I en­tered.

“What’s go­ing on?” I asked a man in the crowd.”An ac­ci­dent?” He shook his head. “Trump.” Just then I no­ticed three large, black SUVs com­ing down 56th Street to­wards us. The pri­vate en­trance to Trump Tower is on that road.

It was time to head for an of­fBroad­way play I was go­ing to, and I de­cided against try­ing to get an ap­point­ment with Trump that day. I walked away from the ob­vi­ously well-run Tower with a lot more re­spect for the owner than I had pre­vi­ously – as a land­lord, any­way.

PHOTO BY MICHAEL RECK­ORD

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