In recent years, I have seen an increasing number of ticket vendors working the area around the Whitehall South Ferry Terminal, approach unsuspecting tourists – quite aggressively I might add – insisting they ‘buy tickets to see the statue’ from them.
Dozens swarm family groups of tourists, hawking fake tickets to the Statue of Liberty – sometimes even fraudulently selling tickets for the free Staten Island Ferry. Earlier this year, things starting to get wildly out of hand when a tourist was assaulted and sustained a skull fracture, when he turned down an aggressive ticket sellers pitch.
An NYPD crackdown yesterday resulted in 14 arrests and 21 vendors facing criminal charges.
The New York Times: On Wednesday, the police arrested more than a dozen ticket sellers in what officials said was a crackdown on vendors who prey on tourists by offering fake tickets to the Statue of Liberty.
The vendors surfaced as a problem after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, with as many as 50 hawking tickets in the park, and at nearby subway stations and the Staten Island Ferry terminal on a daily basis, said Rafael Abreu, director of sales and marketing for Statue Cruises. The company is the only operator licensed to dock at both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Read more from The New York Times here…
posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee