• Workmen remove the letters from a building formerly known as Trump Place in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican President-elect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Workmen remove the letters from a building formerly known as Trump Place in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were ... embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican President-elect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

  • Workmen remove the letters off a building formerly known as Trump Place in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican president-elect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Workmen remove the letters off a building formerly known as Trump Place in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were ... embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican president-elect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

  • Workmen remove the letters from a building formerly known as Trump Place in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican President-elect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Workmen remove the letters from a building formerly known as Trump Place in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Donald Trump's name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were ... embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican President-elect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

Workers pry gold 'Trump Place' name off apartment buildings

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What's in a name? For three New York City apartment buildings, it's no longer "Trump."

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Workers pried 3-foot-high gold letters spelling "Trump Place" off the buildings Wednesday.

In some places, a shadow of the old name still lingered. The workers scraped and power-washed the surface where the letters had been.

New signage now displays the buildings' street addresses.

Hundreds of residents had signed a petition to remove the name after the release of a recording of Donald Trump boasting about kissing women without their consent.

The Chicago-based company that bought the buildings in 2005 says the goal was a "neutral building identity." Equity Residential chairman Sam Zell tells The New York Times the petition signed by tenants had "no role" in the decision.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the properties was Trump Place, not Trump Plaza.