Surprising Secrets of Trump Tower New York You Need to Know About
The White House is an amazing place, but we all know President Donald Trump’s favorite place to live in is Trump Tower in New York. A 2018 fire brought attention to the building, but how much do you really know about the most famous of the elaborate homes of the Trump family? These are the surprising secrets of Trump Tower you need to know about.
We’ll reveal why fires at Trump Tower aren’t anything new (page 9), but first, we’ll tell you why it Starbucks is probably the most famous one in the United States (page 6).
Immigrants worked on the building
He wants to stop immigrants from working now, but back in the day, he had no problem putting immigrants to work. A long-running lawsuit alleges 200 undocumented Polish immigrants performed demolition work at the building site but were never fully paid.
Next: Taxes, shoddy accounting, and how Donald Trump fits in.
Trump tried dodging taxes
- He cooked the books at other properties to lower the tax bill.
According to the New York Daily News, Trump went to court in 1985 to get out of an estimated $15 to $20 million tax bill. It’s one of the secrets of Trump Tower people either don’t know or don’t remember, but it’s not the only time Trump had trouble with taxes.
A report from Mother Jones indicates Trump had his accounting team at the Grand Hyatt cook the books so that a multi-million dollar tax bill came out to just $667,000.
Next: Why we’ll never call Trump an art-lover.
Some beloved artwork was lost during construction
- Reliefs worth $200,000 didn’t survive
What was the Bonwit Teller & Company building is now Trump Tower, and back in the day huge limestone reliefs were a prominent part of the building. Trump promised to cut out the reliefs and donate them to a museum. Instead, he demolished the artwork valued at $200,000 during construction.
Next: Hardly what you’d expect from the Trump brand.
The first apartments weren’t Trump-like
- Early tenants got apartments with basic fixtures and flooring.
Trump bills himself as a master businessman who only accepts the finest things in life, but the first apartments at Trump Tower weren’t very Trump-like. According to AM New York, one of the big secrets of Trump Tower is that the first apartments came with only the most basic fixtures and furnishings. In fact, the apartments were more like what you might find in the outer boroughs instead of Midtown Manhattan.
Next: Why you need a flashlight to find your way.
The lights are dim for a reason
- The rich residents like the privacy and exclusivity.
One of the lesser-known secrets of Trump Tower is that the folks who live there enter the building from 56th St. as opposed to 5th Ave. The private entrance is dimly lit and very quiet, and the rich people who live there like it that way. It offers privacy and exclusivity, which are part of the allure of living at a Trump property.
Next: Why its Starbucks is so famous.
It might house the most famous Starbucks of all
- Trump Tower has Ivanka Trump’s go-to ‘Bucks
She gets her normal Starbucks order in Washington, D.C., now, but her favorite ‘Bucks is at Trump Tower in New York. She says the workers there are amazing, and she loves getting her daily latte there.
Next: This is why they had to bring TV cameras in.
They had to film The Apprentice there
- Trump didn’t have time to film the show otherwise
Donald Trump has been on 194 TV shows over the years, but The Apprentice is the one we know Donald Trump. One of the secrets of Trump Tower is they had to film it there because Trump’s schedule was so busy. He didn’t have time to leave the office, even to go to another spot in New York.
Next: Bring your swimsuit, but only if you know the right people.
One apartment has a swimming pool
- Johnny Carson’s neighbor put in the pool
In a 1984 GQ profile, Trump reveals one of the most poorly kept secrets of Trump Tower: One of the tenants, a neighbor of Johnny Carson, installed a swimming pool and sauna as part of a three-apartment spread in the building.
Next: This is not one of the devious secrets of Trump Tower.
Fires aren’t anything new at Trump Tower
- The fatal fire in 2018 wasn’t the first blaze at the building.
At least three fires raged at the construction site, but this isn’t one of devious, dark secrets of Trump Tower. As it turns out, fires were quite common at New York construction sites in the 1980s as workers, builders, and unions looked to extend construction times. Unlike the 2018 blaze, no one died and the damage wasn’t severe.
Next: How the Second City tops the Big Apple.
It’s not the biggest Trump building
- Trump Tower in Chicago is taller
Make no mistake, Trump Tower in New York is impressive, it’s just that Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is bigger. Just look at the specs:
- Trump Tower New York: 58 stories and 664 feet tall.
- Trump International Hotel and Tower: 98 stories and 1,362 feet
If we’re judging only on how big the Trump Tower buildings are, then the Second City beats the Big Apple.
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