I worked in Trump Tower once, in an apartment that was still under construction.
My work generally started during the construction phase, and finished after. This was a very small job for me, it was a one bedroom pied a terre for some rich guy whose primary residence was in Italy.
If you are working in an apartment in Trump Tower, you enter through a side door that leads to a small elevator lobby. It’s a one floor elevator that takes you down to the very large maze that is the basement of the building. There you check in, get your authorization and a temporary badge and directions on how to navigate the maze and get to the correct elevator to take you up - there are several for the building.
Then you go to work. This was a very small job for me. When a house or large apartment is under construction there is always a bathroom for the workers. But this was a small apartment and there was no working bath, you were expected to go downstairs and use the facilities for building employees. This is not unusual if the apartment is small and it was not unexpected.
I took a bathroom break after a few hours.
So I headed down to the service area in the basement and I was told they didn’t have a ladies room. They had no bathroom facilities for women. My mind boggled. This happened in 2014, not 1980.
I imagine, somewhere in that building there is a place that is “home base” for housekeeping but if they have a bathroom that was not revealed to me.
They sent me to the bathroom in the public space in the building.
Public spaces exist only because builders like Trump get other concessions in exchange for them. But they don’t want people to use them. So they look nice, on paper…but in practicality…that one is a black marble cave, hardly any lighting, with some uncomfortable tables and chairs. And in case that doesn’t dissuade you from wanting to eat lunch there, they plop in a piano player at lunchtime, VERY loud and not very good, echoing around the cavern -free Live Music!
The ladies room was a side cave of the main cave, with a big yellow “closed for cleaning” sign blocking the entrance. I think they put the sign up during all high traffic times.
As anyone who’s spent time in NYC knows, fast food restaurants do not have public restrooms. Drugstores, supermarkets and retail stores that are not large department stores do not have public restrooms. Sit down restaurants have restrooms for customers only. About the only place to find a public restroom is public library or a hotel large enough to host conferences and meetings.
So I ended up walking all the way up 5th Ave to the freaking Waldorf Astoria. I was gone an hour and I’m glad there wasn’t any …urgency to the situation.
Luckily, I only had to be there a few hours at a time, and after that I just made sure not to need a bathroom.
Fuck the Trumps. I hope they don’t get bathrooms in their cells.