Judge: Plaza hotel can't evict NYC bike-share rack

AP News
Posted: Apr 29, 2014 7:47 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has tossed out The Plaza hotel's effort to boot a bicycle-sharing rack from a space across from the landmark's entrance.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern dismissed The Plaza's lawsuit Tuesday.

The Plaza wanted the bright blue Citi Bike rack removed from Grand Army Plaza, a landmark itself.

The hotel and condominium says the 147-foot-long bike station is an advertising-laden eyesore that's causing limousine backups during major Plaza events. The bike rack is in a former traffic lane.

The city says it's an ideal spot for a bike rack: centrally located, with Central Park and other attractions nearby.

Kern says the city did a proper review of the spot.

City lawyers say they're pleased with the decision. Plaza lawyer Steven Sladkus says he's reviewing the decision.