Swanky Plaza Hotel Sues NYC over Bike Rack "Eyesore"

A lawyer for the hotel says the city didn't conduct a required environmental impact review

Monday, Oct 14, 2013  |  Updated 9:42 AM CDT
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New York City's new bike-sharing program, the largest in the country, hit the streets Monday. Brynn Gingras reports.

West Village Residents Angry About Bike-Share Racks

Some West Village residents say their building has essentially been blocked off by bike racks installed ahead of New York City's new bike-sharing program. Tracie Strahan reports.
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The Plaza says the block-long Citi Bike rack in front of its landmark hotel is an eyesore and wants it removed immediately.

The famous hotel has filed a lawsuit against the city claiming the rack causes traffic jams around the hotel.

The suit says the row of bright blue Citi Bikes has reduced the four-lane drive across from its main entrance to three.

The rack is located across from the Plaza along Grand Army Plaza.

According to the New York Post, a lawyer for the Plaza says the city violated its own laws by failing to conduct the required environmental impact review.

Citi Bike didn't respond to a request for comment. The city said it's confident the installation was proper.

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