They are the elevators that scale the tower of power.
Through their gold-hued doors step courtiers and critics, job-seekers and publicity hounds. Punching the “up” button over the last several weeks have been all manner of celebrities, from the worlds of politics, entertainment and sports — united by their desire to enter the private offices of President-elect Donald J. Trump.
In the weeks before Trump’s official inauguration, the 58-story Trump Tower in Manhattan has become an incubator for the incoming administration — White House North, as some call it.
Trump lives in a three-level penthouse at the top of the tower; his offices are...