Some New York City retailers and condo residents are girding themselves against the possibility of riots following the results — or lack thereof — of Tuesday’s presidential election.
Over the weekend, dozens of chain stores across Soho and Midtown, Manhattan were once again encased with plywood. Among the corporations that had boarded up storefronts as of Monday: Chanel, Macy’s, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, Victoria’s Secret, Gucci, Citi Bank, American Eagle, and Sweetgreen.
The headquarters of News Corp — home to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the NY Post — was also boarded up. The Diplomat Centre, an office building adjacent to the United Nations, began its fortification process shortly before sundown on Monday.
“I think it’s a bit of an overreaction,” said Edwin, an employee at the Diplomat Centre, who declined to provide his last name. “What they’re trying to prevent, I don’t think it’ll occur here in Manhattan.”