A sightseeing ferry firm that made the explosive allegation that Mayor de Blasio was shutting it down for a well-liked competitor has withdrawn its lawsuit to remain afloat, leaving its enterprise in uncharted waters.
A metropolis official instructed the Each day Information that Freedom Cruises’ permits to dock at Pier 36 and the Atlantic Basin had been terminated and that the corporate should vacate following the withdrawal of the go well with late Tuesday.
“This was an unwarranted go well with and we’re happy it has been withdrawn,” a Legislation Division spokesman mentioned.
It seems extra authorized battles had been on the way in which. Freedom Cruises legal professional Michael Hiller mentioned he pulled the go well with after the corporate bought an bill for docking permits for the month of January.
“They’re asking us to proceed making funds after which calling us up and saying, ‘you’ll be able to’t work there anymore,'” Hiller mentioned.
He withdrew the lawsuit one week after metropolis attorneys submitted an affidavit from NYPD Sgt. Daniel Feldman, who mentioned Freedom Cruises used overly aggressive third-party ticket sellers round Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal.
Feldman mentioned he’d seen the ticket sellers “scamming or trying to rip-off” vacationers.
Town terminated Freedom Cruises’ allow on Dec. 15, citing complaints concerning the ticket sellers.
“Since that point, there was a dramatic enchancment,” Feldman mentioned.
Freedom Cruises denied its ticket sellers acted improperly.
The corporate charged in its go well with that town was killing its enterprise in favor of Hornblower, a rival firm that received the $30 million contract to function the brand new NYC Ferry service.