The Citi Bike rack located between
the Plaza Hotel and the Grand Army Plaza is a point of contention in a current lawsuit. The suit against the city has been filed in the name of the hotel’s regal exterior, as the hotel maintains the city’s bike share racks are an “eyesore” and “come at the expense of a full lane of traffic.”
Bike stations in Greenwich Village and the West Village have been removed due to similar complaints of advertisements on the fixtures.
The New York Post reports that a lawyer representing the Plaza claims the city did not complete its due diligence of conducting an environmental impact review prior to the block-long bike rack installations. Citi Bike is not commenting on the case, but the city contends that they did not violate any laws or fail to do their part.
Whether Citi Bike stays or goes remains to be seen, but since its initiation, the five-month old program has definitely caused serious controversy.
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