Controversy is not only surrounding Donald Trump's second year into his presidency, but also the buildings in New York City that bear his name.
As reported by the New York Post, a condo building called Trump Place at 200 Riverside Boulevard could face a lawsuit on whether it can remove the 'Trump' name from its exterior.
The building currently carries the name following a licensing deal from 2000, according
to The New York Times. The agreement described Donald Trump as “worldwide
renowned builder and developer of real estate who enjoys the highest
reputation in these fields among others.”
However, DJT Holdings, a company affiliated with Trump, could extricate itself from the deal if the building
goes bankrupt or stops being a condo, according to the licensing
Harvey Koeppel, a former resident at 200 Riverside, told the Times that a majority of the building's residents favored the name removal, based on an anonymous survey conducted from last February.
Alan Garten, an attorney for the Trump
Organization, sent a letter to the building's condo board back in March as residents were to talk about the issue. He warned
that removing the letters T-R-U-M-P off the building would be a
“flagrant and material breach of the license agreement,” reported
Now the condo is reportedly asking a Manhattan court on whether it has the right to use or dump the letters of the Trump name without breaking the agreement.
An attorney for the building, Harry Lipman, said that the board's residential committee has not made a decision on whether the letters should be removed or not.
Since Donald Trump's win in the 2016 presidential election, the Trump name has been taken off of some properties in Manhattan, including most recently a condo-hotel in SoHo.
David Chiu is an associate editor at The Cooperator.