44 Facts About Trump Tower


The Trump Tower Organization constructed terraces on the building's setbacks in exchange for extra floor area.

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Trump Tower has been described as one of the city's least energy-efficient buildings per square foot.

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In May 2019 it was reported that eight of Trump's buildings in New York City, including Trump Tower, failed to meet the city's 2030 carbon emission standards, which were implemented as part of the city's "Green New Deal".

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Originally, Trump only wanted to build an office building on the site, but the plot was in the Fifth Avenue special zoning district, which allowed more floor area for mixed-use towers with public space.

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The public spaces in Trump Tower include the main lobby, the lower-level concourse and restrooms, and two outdoor terraces on the fourth and fifth floor.

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Sometime prior to 2008, the Trump Tower Organization removed the public bench and installed a counter selling Trump Tower-branded merchandise in the public space passageway inside the Fifth Avenue entrance.

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Terrace accessible from the fifth floor of Trump Tower is located on the roof of 6 East 57th Street, with entrances from that building and from Trump Tower.

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Trump Tower Grill was generally panned as gaudy-looking and the food bland-tasting.

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Donald Trump had envisioned building a tower at 56th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan since childhood, but formulated plans to develop the site only in the mid-1970s, when he was in his thirties.

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Approximately twice every year, Trump Tower contacted Bonwit Teller's parent company, Genesco, to ask whether they were willing to sell Bonwit Teller's flagship store.

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Trump Tower looked to sell off some assets to pay debts, and Trump approached him with an offer to buy the Bonwit Teller building.

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Trump Tower bought the air rights over Tiffany's flagship store to prevent another developer from tearing down the store and building a taller building.

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Trump Tower later said a positive review of the building by the architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable had played a part in securing the support of some of the more skeptical members on each committee.

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Trump Tower Organization closed Bonwit Teller's flagship store in May 1979, and the store was demolished by 1980.

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Trump Tower would go on to build many of Trump's other real-estate developments.

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Trump Tower had previously worked for HRH Construction during the building of the Citigroup Center and the Grand Hyatt.

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Trump Tower was often ignored by subcontractors and suppliers who were new to the project, as they thought the person in charge of construction was a man.

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Trump Tower was in charge of coordinating construction based on the site's blueprints.

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Trump Tower's proposed mixed-use status posed obstacles during construction since there were different regulations for residential, commercial, and retail spaces.

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In one case, Trump so hated the marble slabs at some of the tower's corners that he demanded they be removed completely, even at great cost; he eventually decided bronze panels should be placed over the marble, but Res later said she refused to buy them.

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Trump Tower had a low number of worker fatalities during construction.

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Trump Tower was topped out by July 1982, two-and-a-half years after the start of construction.

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Trump Tower wrote that the atrium was "an uncomfortable place, awkwardly proportioned in its narrow verticality", calling it a "pink marble maelstrom" and asking Trump to remove the quote from its wall.

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In total, Trump Tower received $300 million from the sale of the condominiums, which more than offset the $200 million cost of construction.

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The government originally tried to deny a tax break on the basis that Trump Tower did not replace an "underused" site, as was required under the 421-a tax exemption program.

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Trump Tower took a ten-year, personally guaranteed $100 million mortgage loan on the building in 2012.

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Trump Tower Organization has its headquarters on the 25th and 26th floors.

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Eric Trump Tower said in October 2019 that the bank was continuing to rent two floors.

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The Trump Tower Organization offices are on the 25th and 26th floors, and there is a private elevator between the penthouse and Trump Tower's office.

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Angelo Donghia provided the original black-and-white, brass-and-mahogany design for the penthouse, which was later replaced with a gold-and-Greek-column design after Trump Tower reportedly saw the more lavish house of Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi.

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Trump Tower's parents, Fred and Mary, had a second home on the 63rd floor they sometimes used when visiting Manhattan.

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Trump Tower has been instructed to save these artifacts and take all necessary measures to preserve them.

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In 1983, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the Trump Organization concerning unpaid pension and medical obligations to labor unions whose members helped build the towers.

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Trump Tower said he rarely visited the demolition site and never noticed the laborers, who were visually distinct for their lack of hard hats.

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Trump Tower maintained a connection with organized crime members to supply the building's concrete.

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In March 2017, Trump wrote several posts on Twitter claiming former president Barack Obama had wiretapped phones in the tower toward the end of the 2016 campaign.

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Trump Tower claimed to own the painting Two Sisters, an 1881 work by French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

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Trump Tower repeatedly said his copy was the genuine work, despite O'Brien's statements to the contrary.

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Trump Tower served as a rallying point for protests against Trump after the election's results were announced, requiring the deployment of security measures.

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Customers of the Gucci and Tiffany stores in Trump Tower's lobby were allowed to proceed, while other pedestrians were redirected to the opposite side of the street.

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The day afterward, NYPD detained another man who wanted to meet Trump Tower, reportedly got angry, and threw a wine glass on the lobby floor.

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Trump Tower expressed his opposition to the mural after it was announced.

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Trump Tower served as the location for Wayne Enterprises in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

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Trump Tower is featured on the cover of the 1997 video game Grand Theft Auto and is depicted in the 2008 sequel Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony as Cleethorpes Tower.

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