Just a few hours after being elected the 45th President of the United States, the NYPD began significantly beefing up security around Trump Tower in New York City which is President elect Donald Trumps current private residence.
The video below shows the NYPD installing a new guard booth outside Trump Tower on the Morning of November 9th 2016.
In addition, 56th street which was previously a through street open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic has now been closed until further notice.
The video below shows concrete blocks being installed in the street to prevent cars from entering.
In order to allow vehicles in and out, they have installed mechanical Stop gates at both ends of the block that raise and lower as needed. This is the 5th avenue side.
And this is the Madison Avenue side. With matching a guard booth.
On November 8th, 2016 (election day) security in New York City was no joke. Trump Tower was surrounded with large department of sanitation fully loaded dump trucks to protect from any possible bomb blasts.
The trucks were parked bumper to bumper so there was no space in between
The street where Donald Trump and the resistents of Trump Tower enter and leave the building was also blocked with the large trucks leaving only enough room for a car to drive between them.
Police cars were parked on the sidewalks behind the large trucks.
In an already tense election and under the reports of an imminent terrorist threat, Hillary Clinton, was staying just one block from Trump Tower at the Peninsula Hotel bringing even more security to the area.
This was the scene on election day outside the Peninsula Hotel. Normally a 5th Avenue sidewalk bustling with people, now closed and baricaded with large trucks and metal gates.
Access to the block was restricted and being defended by heavily armed guys like this as well as K9 units from both the NYPD as well as the Secret Service.
Meanwhile, just one block over from all this, Donald Trump was scheduled to hold his victory party at the Hilton Hotel.
Because of this, the area was turned into a media circus.
The video below shows a line of reporters from throughout the world reporting outside the Hilton Hotel in NYC.
This area was also deemed another high security zone with everyone on alert.
And more police cars on sidewalks
Full streets were shut down and fortified while K9 sweeps were conducted as shown below.
On election day, all the media outlets were ready to cover the results in their own way.
ABC erected a giant stage in the middle of Times Square
Their slogan was “Your Voice Your Vote 2016.”
The stage was located just outside the ABC studios in Times Square
Fox News setup large video screens and lights in preparation for hours of coverage.
The stage was located outside their studio under the famous news ticker that wraps the building.
But perhaps the most elaborate coverage was over at NBC who turned Rockefeller Center into Democracy Plaza. The famous ice rink was closed and blazoned with a giant logo of the United States.
Everything was decorated with a red, white, and blue theme just before the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was to be setup.
With lights everywhere awaiting nightfall and sweeping camera booms, they were ready for round the clock coverage of the election results.
NBC News also setup large video screens so everyone was sure to see the results just outside the today show studios.
I would say this was quite an upgrade from years past. I took the below photo in Rockefeller Center during the 2008 election between Barack Obama and John McCain. As you can see, things were much less elaborate.