NYC neighbor says Ivana Trump’s death is ‘the end of an era’

Ivana Trump’s Broadway-producing neighbor said the death of Donald Trump’s first wife on Thursday marked the “end of an era” on the Upper East Side block where she lived after her much-publicized divorce.

“She was always very sweet to us, very kind. I’ll miss her,” Judith Ann Abrams, who lived next to Ivana’s seven-story townhouse, told The Post.

“It’s the end of an era on this block,” Abrams added.

Abrams, who has known Ivana for more than 25 years, believed that her deceased neighbor, who died at the age of 73, would have had an easier life without the surname she continued to have after her breakup with the former president. .

“What can I say about her? I think her life would have been easier if she changed her name.

“Seeing everything that was going on … could not be easier.”

Abrams remembered seeing Ivana with her dog, Tiger, always by her side, saying she did not seem affected by the mountains of controversy her ex-husband was trapped by.

FILE - Ivana Trump poses before Baby Phat Spring 2008 collection is modeled during New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2007. Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, has died in New York City, the former president announced on social media on Thursday July 14, 2022.
Judith Ann Abrams, a neighbor of Ivana Trump, remembers her as a kind and thoughtful neighbor.
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An unidentified person, in the middle, leaves Ivana Trump's residence with Trump's yorkie dog named Tiger, after the Trump organization's director Matthew Calamari, left Thursday, July 14, 2022 in New York.
Abrams remembers that Ivana always had her dog, Tiger, carried by an unidentified woman here by her side.
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“It was sad to see her walk the dog when all this chaos was going on … all this on television with her children and husband.

“She never complained. She was impeccable. Her hair was never misplaced, she looked beautiful,” Abrams said. “If I went through it, I would be in a permanent sweat suit.”

Meanwhile, the general manager of Nello, a smart Italian restaurant around the block from Ivana Trump’s home, said she was considered the establishment’s “First Lady”.

A collage wall on Nello shows Ivana Trump, Donald Trump,, Ivanka and Eric over the years.
A collage wall on Nello shows Ivana Trump, Donald Trump, Ivanka and Eric over the years.
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A photo of Ivana hangs on the wall at Nello's.
Ivana was considered the “First Lady” by Nello, her favorite Italian restaurant.
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“She was amazing. She was our first lady,” said a shocked Atilla Cetin.

“When she came in, everyone looked at her. She was so kind.”

She had come regularly, sometimes weekly, Cetin told The Post, often ordering either a $ 62 dish called Galletto, which is a fried organic chicken with chopped arugula, or the osso buco dish, which is veal shank garnished with wild mushrooms.

A collage wall on Nello shows Ivana Trump, Donald Trump,, Ivanka and Eric over the years.
Ivana was known for visiting the Italian restaurant almost weekly.
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She was known for taking politicians and friends with her, which pleased Nello’s owner, and she also wanted to eat there with her son Eric Trump on occasion, said Cetin, 47.

He said she last saw Ivana Trump three weeks ago and she “looked wonderful.”

“How she behaves, how she walked, how she treated people – she was so elegant,” Cetin said, also noting that she would always take pictures with restaurant guests.

Media gather outside Ivana Trump's residence on Thursday, July 14, 2022 in New York.
Ivana Trump was found dead at the bottom of the stairs of her home on July 14, 2022.
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Abrams, the neighbor, also did not have a bad word to say about Ivana, whom she last saw five weeks ago.

A few Christmases ago, Ivana gave her a bottle of her brand perfume.

“I sent her a thank you note and told her my niece was here at the time and she loved it,” Abrams recalled. “A few days later, she left another bottle for my niece.

“It said ‘To your niece. From, Ivana.’

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