Invoking a decades-old legal requirement for public access at Trump Tower, dozens of New Yorkers and City Councilman Mark Levine just convened inside the skyscraper for a climate change teach-in spanning jobs, energy efficiency, and public parks. The action, organized by Climate Works For All, is intended to raise awareness about how Donald Trump’s policies and real estate practices harm the environment and the public.
View the teach-in unfold here and follow breaking developments by following #TeachTrump on social media. A press release, photos and video footage will be available following the event.
Although the teach-in might irate Trump, a garden on the fourth floor of his signature NYC skyscraper is required by city zoning law to be publically accessible seven days a week. Trump agreed to create the public garden in a 1979 agreement with NYC in exchange for a zoning variance to build an additional 20 stories on the tower. The agreement netted Mr. Trump an estimated $530 million in profit but he has violated his pubic space commitment multiple times.