Ray Lewis

The most important elevator in New York: Who's riding to the top of Trump Tower?

The most important elevator in New York: Who's riding to the top of Trump Tower?

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...

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