Mayor Bill de Blasio, local and federal law enforcement officials on Friday laid out a plan to address security, traffic and congestion surrounding Trump Tower -- the midtown home of President-elect Donald Trump as well as hundreds of other New Yorkers, retailers and businesses.
The mayor discussed the security and traffic issues at a 1 Police Plaza briefing, accompanied by NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill and representatives from the U.S. Secret Service.
"This is a big challenge and an unprecedented challenge, but we are committed to making it work," de Blasio said. "The No. 1 imperative here is safety and security."
The tower has been the site of meetings between Trump's transition team and people being considered for cabinet positions and foreign dignitaries, and so its lobby has been swarmed by media as well as Secret Service and NYPD officials who are guarding the president-elect.
Concrete barriers were deployed at the front of the building -- replacing garbage trucks that were first used -- and luxury retailers inside and around the Fifth Avenue building have expressed concerns their businesses will suffer just as peak holiday shopping season arrived.
O'Neill wasted no time in assuring residents and business owners that Fifth Avenue will remain open.
"We’re not closing Fifth Avenue on any permanent basis," O'Neill said.