Judge tosses Plaza’s Citi Bike suit

Spot across from iconic hotel “an appropriate location,” according to ruling

From left: 768 Fifth Avenue and a Citi Bike
From left: 768 Fifth Avenue and a Citi Bike

The Citi Bike rack in front of Manhattan’s Tony Plaza Hotel isn’t going anywhere.

Judge Cynthia Kern tossed a challenge to the block-long bike share rack between West 58th and 59th streets, in front of 768 Fifth Avenue, ruling that the Department of Transportation properly reviewed the site before installing the structure.

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“Specifically the Department of Transportation found that the Grand Army Plaza was an appropriate location as it is centrally located, safe and convenient for the public to use,” Kern said in the ruling yesterday.

An attorney for The Plaza argued that the bright blue bike station, plunked between Grand Army Plaza’s 22-foot fountain and the 106-year-old hotel, was at aesthetic odds with its surroundings. But Kern said the rack “does not significantly affect the scale, visual prominence or visual context of these landmarks,” adding that the station is smaller than nearby bus stations and sales vendor kiosks.

Steven Sladkus, The Plaza’s attorney, told the New York Post that he was still reviewing the decision. [NYP]Julie Strickland