Ticket sellers shifting passes for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have been banned from New York’s Battery Park.
Boat operators have been cautioned by NY Waterway, which manages Pier 36 at the south of Manhattan where boats to the two tourist attractions leave from, that permits would be removed if touts are caught selling their tours.
Only one city contractor offers trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, with those tickets sold from a kiosk within Battery Park.
According to the New York Post, Donald Liloia, a vice-president of NY Waterway, wrote to a dozen ferry owners and related parties last week, stating: “The situation created by street sellers in Lower Manhattan has become intolerable for tourists, residents and workers alike.
“We have decided to do our part to assist the City in eliminating the problem by no longer allowing any operation that accepts tickets sold by street vendors to access any DockNYC location.” DockNYC is the city’s vessel docking program.
A spokesperson for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which supervises the piers, told the Post: “NYCEDC reserves the right to manage its public piers in a manner that promotes public safety and the goals of the DockNYC program.
“NYCEDC has received repeated reports that third-party ticket sellers have engaged in practices that increase sales by aggressively or fraudulently promoting tours to the Statue of Liberty.”