Rich People are Hiring Armed Guards for Potential Election Day Mayhem

Fearing potential unrest on November 3, wealthy New Yorkers are hiring armed guards to protect them at their expensive apartment buildings on and after Election Day, the NY Post reports.

One of the buildings mentioned is Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, where “managers are deploying off duty cops with ‘submachine guns’ to stand watch,” according to the article. Apparently, a source told the publication that the building is working with the NYPD and Homeland Security. In 2019, real estate developer and CEO of Related Companies Stephen Ross listed his 8,500 square foot penthouse at the building for $75 million (it’s now asking $62.5 million).

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Another building mentioned in the article – just south of the UWS – is 220 Central Park South, where Sting purchased a $65.7 million penthouse, Jeff Bezos toured some units, and hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin bought a 24,000 square foot quadruplex for $238 million, setting the record for most expensive home ever purchased in the United States. The article states that the super luxury building is “already well guarded but will take extra precautions, like keeping entrances locked at night, and only open to residents.”

Other buildings expected to hire guards include 432 Park Avenue, 200 East 66th Street, and Greenwich Lane at 155 West 111th Street, which had apparently hired guards for a brief time during October after an incident.

The hiring of private guards is a trend which appeared to begin earlier this year. In a June report by NY1, several building residents and business owners were revealed to be seeking extra security. Mike O’Neil, the chairman of private security company MSA Security, told the publication that “since the incidents of looting and vandalism started in the city, the request for more private security guards has increased.” At the time the article was published, the vast majority of O’Neil’s clients were retail stores, but he was beginning to get calls from property managers and apartment owners, too.

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