Former site of Trump University becomes brand new Planned Parenthood clinic; neighbors say they've "never been more relieved"
MANHATTAN -- On Monday, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards hosted an ebullient ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by thousands of cheering New Yorkers to celebrate the opening of its newest clinic at what till now was Manhattan's most loathed address: 128 45th Street, formerly the headquarters of Trump University.
"It's like they say in real estate: Location, location, location!" Richards told the crowd, beaming. "This is a high-density population area, and we're going to make sure that the 450,000 women who live in it have access to excellent, safe and affordable abortions."
Residents of New York City said they were greatly relieved that the site would finally "do some good in people's lives."
“I was worried that this building would live on in infamy, dragging down local property prices, like a crime scene,” said Manhattan resident Paul Goldstein, who owns a rent-controlled apartment in the building next door.
“As a neighbor, I've been through a lot. It's been nightmarish. The windows of Trump University have been blacked out with Russian flags since prosecutors shut it down on charges of fraud. I thought it was going to get better after Trump fled the United States. But up until about a month ago, you could still see the haunting outline of the word ‘TRUMP’ above the building's main entrance. It was terrible.”
According to the New York Daily News, Planned Parenthood purchased the new building with a portion of its overflowing donations, including $10,000 from Tiffany Trump, whose cheque came with a handwritten note saying, "dedicated to my father."