NYPD: Avenue Outside Trump Tower to Remain Open

NEW YORK (AP) -
NYPD officers and Secret Service agents on Tuesday secure the street at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
NYPD officers and Secret Service agents on Tuesday secure the street at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

New York City’s police commissioner says busy Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan will stay open for now.

Commissioner Jim O’Neill on Wednesday told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough that, should things change, resilient New Yorkers will find an alternative path.

O’Neill described pedestrian foot traffic on the sidewalks outside President-elect Donald Trump’s namesake skyscraper as heavy. But he says it’s moving.

He also called 57th Street near the building where Trump lives and headquarters his businesses as perhaps the slowest cross-town street in Manhattan because officials have barricaded that block where tower residents enter and have set up checkpoints manned by officers in guard booths.

“It’s extremely challenging,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a busier intersection in New York City. Maybe Times Square. But 57th and Fifth is just a busy place.”

O’Neill also tells the department has received no specific or credible terror threats ahead of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.