Work­ers pry gold ‘Trump Place’ name off apart­ment build­ings

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

What’s in a name? For three New York City apart­ment build­ings, it’s no longer “Trump.”

Work­ers pried 3-footh­igh gold let­ters spell­ing “Trump Place” off the build­ings Wed­nes­day.

In some places, a shadow of the old name still lin­gered. The work­ers scraped and power-washed the sur­face where the let­ters had been.

New sig­nage now dis­plays the build­ings’ street ad­dresses.

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents had signed a pe­ti­tion to re­move the name af­ter the re­lease of a record­ing of Don­ald Trump boast­ing about kiss­ing women with­out their con­sent.

The Chicago-based com­pany that bought the build­ings in 2005 says the goal was a “neu­tral build­ing iden­tity.” Eq­uity Res­i­den­tial chairman Sam Zell tells The New York Times the pe­ti­tion signed by ten­ants had “no role” in the de­ci­sion.

SETH WENIG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Work­men re­move the let­ters from a build­ing formerly known as Trump Place in New York Wed­nes­day. Don­ald Trump’s name is be­ing stripped off three lux­ury apart­ment build­ings af­ter hun­dreds of ten­ants signed a pe­ti­tion say­ing they were em­bar­rassed to live in a place as­so­ci­ated with the Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent-elect.

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