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Trump Village residents ecstatic their home has 45th president’s name

Hair to stay: Trump Village residents are excited that their home shares a surname with the 45th president.
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They’re all in for Trump.

Brighton Beachers living in Trump Village are ecstatic that their homes now bear the name of the 45th president. Manhattan renters unhappy with the Nov. 8 election results got their landlord to remove President-elect Trump’s name from apartment buildings there, but don’t expect that in Brighton Beach — where The Don surfed to victory thanks to a wave of support from area Russians — one resident said.

“It’s Trump Village, and it’s going to stay Trump Village,” said resident Tony, who declined to give his last name. “I’m pro-Trump, this is America. Everybody here loves him, we voted for him.”

Hundreds of Manhattan residents who live in Riverside Boulevard’s Trump Place — which The Don built in the 1990s and later sold — circulated a petition last month dubbed “Dump the Trump Name” demanding landlord Equity Residential remove the real-estate mogul’s gold-plated name from the building’s exterior, because he made disparaging comments about women, immigrants, and the disabled during the election. Property owners complied and took down the moniker on Nov. 16.

But Trump Village residents say The Don is a peach and credit his father, who erected the seven-building complex in the 1960s, for giving them a great place to live, another resident said.

“Are they really out of their minds? He’s been a gentleman all the years,” said Gregory, who also declined to give his last name. “And everything came from his father. He built these buildings to let the people live here. It’s very comfortable. It’s been an excellent neighborhood the past 39 years that I’m here. I love it.”

Cammeby’s International, which owns two buildings in Trump Village, has not received any petitions to rename and has no plans to do so, a spokeswoman said. Neither have managers who run the various other buildings comprising the complex — and rightfully so, because everyone there loves The Donald, one said.

“We’re not renaming anything that’s for sure,” said Inna Martirosyan, a manager for three of the towers. “The buildings all voted for Trump, so I don’t think the name’s coming down.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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