NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — President-elect Donald Trump was back home in at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue Sunday night, with the equivalent of Fort Knox awaiting him.
As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, Trump’s penthouse windows were being replaced by bulletproof glass, and police and barricades continue to surround the tower.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting Suspect Farrakhan Muhammad Taken Into Custody Near Jacksonville, Florida
Locals said quiet Sundays in the city are no more.
“It’s a lot of traffic,” one man said.
“The traffic is crazy now downtown,” another said.
“It’s painful,” a woman said.
Just last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the headache would only last until Trump’s inauguration in January.
“I don’t think it is an overwhelming challenge,” de Blasio said last week. “Look, we’re talking about the next few months, and then Donald Trump’s going to be living in the White House.”
But the president-elect will not be taking his wife, Melania, and son, Barron, with him – at least not right away.READ MORE: Tri-State Area Residents With Loved Ones In The Middle East Terrified As Violence Continues To Escalate
Trump said they will move to the White House “right after (Barron) finishes school” next year.
The 10-year-old Trump heir will finish the fifth grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School on the Upper West Side before moving to Washington.
“I think they’re New Yorkers,” a woman said. “It’s going to be very hard to go to D.C.”
Mayor de Blasio has encouraged the public to avoid Trump Tower and its Midtown neighborhood. But heading into the holiday season, New Yorkers said that is nearly impossible.
“The holiday is going to be a nightmare – it’s going to be a nightmare,” a woman said, “because it’s already crowded because it’s the city; it’s Fifth Avenue.”
“I think it’s going to be a disaster,” another woman said.
The federal government may pick up the bill for the extensive security plans in New York, but it will cost locals a lot of patience too.
The Trump camp said more appointments may be coming on Monday. Meanwhile, Trump will spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago residence.MORE NEWS: NYPD Investigating 4 New Subway Attacks, Including 2 At Times Square Station
Vice president-elect Mike Pence will be in Mississippi, where his son is stationed in the military.