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He’s fired! Final Trump SoHo signs come down at newly christened The Dominick Hotel in Manhattan

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The last sign bear­ing the Trump fam­i­ly name was tak­en off of his for­mer SoHo hotel ear­ly Thursday morn­ing — end­ing the family’s con­trol over the build­ing.

Trump SoHo, on Spring Street in Manhattan, has been renamed The Dominick Hotel after the street at its rear.

The deci­sion to rebrand fol­lows a string of prop­er­ties in Toronto and Panama that are shak­ing the name because of the for­mer real-estate mogul’s rise in pol­i­tics.

An employ­ee told the Washington Post that no employ­ees will lose their jobs in the rebrand­ing — there will just be new man­age­ment.

And though the Trump Organization cut ties with the prop­er­ty in late November, the building’s past will like­ly play a role in com­ing inves­ti­ga­tions into the President’s ties with Russia.

The last sign bear­ing the Trump fam­i­ly name was tak­en off of his for­mer SoHo hotel ear­ly Thursday morn­ing — end­ing the family’s con­trol over the build­ing. Pictured above is the now sign­less build­ing Thursday morn­ing

The last sign bear­ing the Trump fam­i­ly name was tak­en off of his for­mer SoHo hotel ear­ly Thursday morn­ing — end­ing the family’s con­trol over the build­ing. Pictured above is the now sign­less build­ing Thursday morn­ing

Trump SoHo, on Spring Street in Manhattan, has been renamed the Dominick Hotel after the street at it’s rear
An employ­ee told the Washington Post that no employ­ees will lose their jobs in the rebrand­ing — there will just be new man­age­ment. Pictured is the now sign­less build­ing Thursday morn­ing
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Before and after: Trump SoHo, on Spring Street in Manhattan, has been renamed the Dominick Hotel after the street at it’s rear

And though the Trump Organization cut ties with the prop­er­ty in late November, the building’s past will like­ly play a role in com­ing inves­ti­ga­tions into the President’s ties with Russia. He is pic­tured on Wednesday after the Tax Bill was passed in the House

And though the Trump Organization cut ties with the prop­er­ty in late November, the building’s past will like­ly play a role in com­ing inves­ti­ga­tions into the President’s ties with Russia. He is pic­tured on Wednesday after the Tax Bill was passed in the House

The orga­ni­za­tion ini­tial­ly relin­quished con­trol of the hotel because clients were start­ing to look else­where, not want­i­ng to stay there because of its con­nec­tion with the tumul­tuous pres­i­dent.

Everything Trump was basi­cal­ly tak­en off today, even our Wi-Fi,’ Kevin Sinnot, a 28-year-old hotel guest from Australia told the New York Daily News.

He said he was able to book a room for he and his fiancee at a dis­count because of low demand.

But regard­less he said he’s glad the name was changed. ‘You don’t like telling your mates you stayed at the Trump,’ he told the Daily News.

Many of Trump’s prop­er­ties have suf­fered from the president’s con­tro­ver­sial polit­i­cal view­points — but none more than Trump SoHo.

Earlier this year the Japanese-fusion eatery Koi had to close after expe­ri­enc­ing a decline in din­ers. A for­mer employ­ee explained how bad reser­va­tions had got­ten by say­ing: ‘The Kardashians stopped com­ing.’

Donald Trump first announced the New York project 11 years ago on his tele­vi­sion show The Apprentice.

It opened in 2010, and was the first of his prop­er­ties to be con­trolled by his chil­dren.

The 46-sto­ry sky­scraper has nev­er been the suc­cess Trump hoped it would be. From the begin­ning of devel­op­ment the project was met with pro­test­ers chant­i­ng ‘Dump the Trump’ and ‘Don’t comb over here’, claim­ing the mas­sive struc­ture would break zon­ing rules.

The build­ing also served as the site of par­ti­san protests when Trump announced his can­di­da­cy for pres­i­dent.

Donald Trump first announced the New York project 11 years ago on his tele­vi­sion show The Apprentice. It opened in 2010, and was the first of his prop­er­ties to be con­trolled by his chil­dren. Pictured left to right, Eric Trump, Tevfik Arif, Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Tamir Sapir, Alex Sapir and Julius Schwarz at the build­ing launch in 2007

The 46-sto­ry sky­scraper has nev­er been the suc­cess Trump hoped it would be. From the begin­ning of devel­op­ment the project was met with pro­test­ers chant­i­ng ‘Dump the Trump’ and ‘Don’t comb over here’, claim­ing the mas­sive struc­ture would break zon­ing rules. The sib­lings are pic­tured at the open­ing of the hotel with their father in April 2010

The hotel drew inter­na­tion­al atten­tion ear­li­er this year due to alleged mon­ey laun­der­ing ties from Russian and Kazakh oli­garchs.

In 2007 the hotel’s con­struc­tion was put on hold because one of Trump’s part­ners in the project, Felix Sater, who worked for the Bayrock Development group, was revealed, stir­ring con­tro­ver­sy.

Sater, who lived in Brooklyn and was born in Russia, was a con­tentious part­ner because he pre­vi­ous­ly served jail time for stab­bing a man with a mar­gari­ta glass in the 1990s. He also at one point avoid­ed prison for a stock scam by becom­ing a gov­ern­ment wit­ness.

According to finan­cial records, Bayrock received mil­lions for the Trump SoHo deal from an Icelandic Bank that many Russian elites use to get their mon­ey out of the coun­try. Additionally, com­pa­nies linked to Kazakh oli­garchs Viktor Krapunov and Mukhtar Ablyazov bought apart­ments worth more than $3million in the build­ing.

Krahpunov and Ablyazov claim they are being polit­i­cal­ly per­se­cut­ed after being con­vict­ed in Kazakhstan of embez­zling bil­lions of dol­lars from a state bank in prop­er­ty and ven­tures around the world.

An ongo­ing fed­er­al court case filed by the coun­try in Manhattan accus­es them of putting $40million into New York projects.

Felix Sater is coop­er­at­ing with an inter­na­tion­al mon­ey laun­der­ing probe against Kazakhstan — accord­ing to the Financial Times.

He will also report­ed­ly be inter­viewed by Congress about his alleged ties to the Trump cam­paign and the Kremlin.

In 2007 the hotel’s con­struc­tion was put on hold because one of Trump’s part­ners in the project, Felix Sater, who worked for the Bayrock Development group, was revealed, stir­ring con­tro­ver­sy. Sater is pic­tured cen­ter with hold­ing a micro­phone and giv­ing a speech at the Trump SoHo launch in 2007

Sater, far right, will also report­ed­ly be inter­viewed by Congress about his alleged ties to the Trump cam­paign and the Kremlin. He is pic­tured with Trump and Tevfik Arif in 2007

Trump SoHo has also been the sub­ject of law­suits from con­do buy­ers who said Ivanka Trump mis­led them when she told media in 2008 that 60 per­cent of the unit­ed had been sold

Manhattan DIstrict Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr end­ed up drop­ping the case after he was vis­it­ed by the Trump fam­i­ly attor­ney Marc Kasowitz (pic­tured) in 2012.

Emails from late 2015 between Sater and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen speak about a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow. These emails, first report­ed by the New York Times, were exchanged dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry cam­paign.

In the emails Sater tells Cohen ‘get putin on this pro­gram and we will get Donald elect­ed.’

He also wrote: ‘Our boy can become pres­i­dent of the USA and we can engi­neer it.’

A let­ter of intent was signed for the Trump Moscow Project , but the Trump Orgation didn’t move for­ward with plans, accord­ing to Cohen.

He said Sater was ‘prone to sales­man­ship.’

Trump SoHo has also been the sub­ject of law­suits from con­do buy­ers who said Ivanka Trump mis­led them when she told media in 2008 that 60 per­cent of the unit­ed had been sold.

In real­i­ty only 15 per­cent of the building’s units had been sold.

The case end­ed in a set­tle­ment and a crim­i­nal probe was opened into Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr over their mis­lead­ing state­ments.

Manhattan DIstrict Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr end­ed up drop­ping the case after he was vis­it­ed by the Trump fam­i­ly attor­ney Marc Kasowitz in 2012.

Vance said he didn’t have enough evi­dence to pur­sue charges against the sib­lings and denied any wrong­do­ing in his deci­sion to drop it.

But he also returned a $31,000 dona­tion from Kasowitz after his involve­ment in the case was revealed.

Stays at lux­u­ry Trump hotels across the coun­try have been dras­ti­cal­ly marked down over the pro­gres­sion of the past few years — analy­sis of rates at 13 prop­er­ties has revealed.

The biggest slash came at the Las Vegas loca­tion where rates dropped from $844 to $314 at the hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

The sec­ond-biggest drop was at Trump Turnberry, a lux­u­ri­ous golf prop­er­ty Trump vis­it­ed dur­ing the cam­paign.

Trump’s lux­u­ry hotel in Washington, D.C. – the sub­ject of a law­suit that argues Trump is vio­lat­ing the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause by accept­ing for­eign rev­enue paid by guests – saw a drop of 52 per­cent.

By ABIGAIL MILLER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

He’s fired! Final Trump SoHo signs come down at new­ly chris­tened The Dominick Hotel in Manhattan

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