Court says it is okay for simulated-helicopter-ride business to sell tickets outside the Empire State Building
Court says it is okay for simulated-helicopter-ride business to sell tickets outside the Empire State Building - OPERATORS OF a simulated helicopter experience took the city for a ride Thursday when an appeals court ruled it can sell its tickets outside the Empire State Building.
The court ruled that vendors for New York Skyline Inc. weren’t violating city rules by hawking tickets on a sidewalkswithout a general vendor license.
“This is literally a life-saving decision,” said Randy Mastro, the lawyer representing Skyline, which offers a special-effects movie of a flight over the city skyline narrated by Kevin Bacon.
The lawyer said street ticket sales are a “time-honored tradition” in New York and that “the city inexplicably targeted New York Skyline for extinction.”
He said the NYPD’s ticket blitz of the company’s vendors threatened the future of all 130 Skyline workers.
The company operates out of the second-floor of the famous skyscraper.
A city lawyer said the ruling was being analyzed.