Bill de Blasio Spokesman Gets Nasty After False Alarm At Trump Tower

The closing of 56th Street caused eastbound travel times on West 57th Street between Seventh and Fifth avenues to increase more than 20 percent in November, according to the city's transportation department.

Trump Tower in Manhattan was briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to a suspicious package, police said.

The reopening came in response to complaints from local merchants who said revenues have dipped 30 percent since Election Day, when barricades went up.

"Back to work at Trump Tower after false alarm".

Trump, who is now at his home in Floria for the holidays, didn't seem too concerned about the evacuation of his NY building.

"No problem. We'll send you the bill", Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio - quickly fired back.

Reimbursing a city for the postelection cost of protecting a president's home is not unprecedented.

He did not have any update on how reimbursement talks are progressing.

"This is what the NYPD does and we do it so well", he said.

The heightened security has slowed business for a number of stores along Fifth Avenue and 56th Street. The security at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, one of the busiest intersections in the city, has constricted traffic during the holiday season in a year when the city expects a record of 60 million tourists.

East 56th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues will remain closed, and some lanes on Fifth Avenue also remain closed.

"We have cops there to be able to protect the pedestrians crossing, which is still going to be a large flow, and we're going to monitor it", Monahan said.

He foreshadowed more potential changes to the police activity at that corner.

"Since I've said from the beginning, since the day after Election Day, this process is evolving", O'Neill said.

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