New York’s extremely wealthy are quietly getting ready for civil unrest on Election Day — by hiring armed guards to face watch over their luxurious Manhattan buildings.
On the Time Warner Middle on Columbus Circle, the place the penthouse goes for $62.5 million, managers are deploying off responsibility cops with “submachine weapons” to face watch, whereas different rich metropolis enclaves are additionally beefing up safety for residents.
“Everyone is apprehensive about safety,” an insider informed the Publish. “Each high constructing is including safety. It’s uncontrolled. We hope it received’t be wanted, however we will probably be prepared.”
The constructing is working with the NYPD and Homeland Safety, the insider mentioned.
“There will probably be officers with submachine weapons,” the supply mentioned. “We’ve all the time had immense safety, however there will probably be extra. We’ll have further patrols. Your complete constructing could be shut down with one button.”
Many buildings are hiring off responsibility cops as a substitute of personal safety corporations as a result of they concern a repeat of Denver, the place a personal guard shot and killed a protestor, mentioned one actual property insider.
Added one other luxurious constructing board member mentioned high-end residents have been warned to take precautions by the NYPD.
“The NYPD is advising buildings to get the additional safety,” the supply mentioned. “They’ve by no means finished this earlier than.”
Different high buildings, akin to 220 Central Park South, which is dwelling to hedge funder Ken Griffin’s $238 million rental ,say they’re already nicely guarded however will take further precautions, like retaining entrances locked at night time, and solely open to residents.
Different billionaire buildings, like 432 Park Ave., are discussing what further measures to take this week, a resident board member informed the Publish.
“Everyone is doing it, including elevated safety to ensure that buildings are protected,” mentioned one actual property insider.
Even “B” stage buildings like Manhattan Home, at 200 E. 66th St., on the Higher East Facet are hiring further safety.
In a letter that went out to residents this week, the constructing administration wrote they’ve plans in place for an prolonged time period “to anticipate and mitigate the opportunity of civil unrest and violence following the upcoming presidential election.”
The measures embrace hiring off responsibility police to guard towards “violence” and “property injury.”
One one who acquired the letter informed the Publish: “I used to be sick to my abdomen after I learn that.”
Safety will start on Election Day however the further safety measures are anticipated to proceed within the days and even weeks that comply with, a supply mentioned.
“We hope the precautions received’t be wanted however we will probably be prepared,” the letter acknowledged.
Greenwich Lane, a luxurious residential advanced the place rock royal Jon Bon Jovi lives in a $19 million unit, will even be taking further precautions.
Greenwich Lane already had further guards for a short time in October, after a meals supply employee was held up at gunpoint exterior the constructing.
“We’re warned to not depart something in our vehicles. Individuals are hungry, unemployed and determined,” a resident mentioned.
It’s even worse in Florida, the place one New Yorker, who owns a luxurious rental in Naples, mentioned her constructing has employed two ex-marine “snipers” to face on guard, with weapons, on the roof, on Election Day and after.
She is one in all many New York residents who plan on being out of Manhattan on Election Day.
“It’s a extremely unhappy state of affairs,” she mentioned.