NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 56th Street between 6th and 5th avenues near Trump Tower will reopen to crosstown traffic, following several weeks of closure.
In addition, the New York City Police Department will relocate their mobile command post from the southwest corner of 56th Street to the northwest corner of 56th Street. This will allow for the opening of the south side of 56th Street to one-lane thru traffic while still allowing the mobile command post to act as a traffic deterrent to keep vehicular threats at bay. These changes – implemented in coordination with the Department of Small Business Services, Department of Transportation, NYPD and Secret Service – will improve congestion and allow for easier access to deliveries for businesses within the security perimeter all while maintaining the safety and security of Trump Tower and the surrounding area.
Traffic has been tied up in the area following the election of Donald Trump, who lives in a penthouse at Trump Tower located at 721 Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Street.
“The safety of New Yorkers and of the President-Elect are our top concern. The changes we are implementing will maintain that security, while allowing for more movement in the area and addressing concerns raised by surrounding businesses. We will continue to examine and carefully confront the challenges presented by this unprecedented responsibility,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Protecting the President-elect while minimizing the impact to nearby businesses has required constant dialogue from everyone involved,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “We welcome the re-opening of 56th street to increase pedestrian and vehicular movements in the area while still maintaining the security of the next President of the United States.”
The Department of Small Business Services recently canvassed businesses around Trump Tower with the NYPD regarding challenges they faced, and SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop, joined by Council Member Dan Garodnick, met with small business owners within the security perimeter. That outreach helped inform changes that will alleviate some constraints on customer traffic and deliveries.
In addition, a preliminary DOT study of travel times on West 57th Street between 7th and 5th avenues during November showed that eastbound traffic travel times on that street had increased by over 20 percent with the closure of West 56th Street.
The new changes – implemented in coordination with SBS, the NYPD and Secret Service – ensures that the safety and security of Trump Tower and the surrounding area remain intact while improving traffic flow. The City and Secret Service will continue working closely to keep the area secure and maintain steady traffic for surrounding businesses.