Apple Tours Ordered Off the Street For Good
Hopefully this is the final chapter in the scandalous tale of the tour company whose buses kill and injure pedestrians and spew clouds of diesel exhaust. In mid-December, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court unanimously ordered New York Apple Tours to cease operations on city streets. In June, Justice Phyllis Gangel-Jacobs of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan overruled city and state orders suspending the bus line, citing potential damage to the tourism industry. The judge also opined that letting NY Apple back on the road would "not do any harm to any public interest." Elected officials, environmentalists, and community advocates citywide decried this bogus ruling and its implicit endorsement of corporate and tourist interests over the environment and the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. This latest decision overrules Justice Gangel-Jacob's ruling and reinstates the city's suspension of the company and state sanctioning.
This decision is a
long-overdue win for New Yorkers and special vindication for Hell's Kitchen
residents, who had been particularly tormented and endangered by the tour bus
company. Thanks are due State Senator Tom Duane, Council Member Christine
Quinn, and the Clinton Special District Coalition for vigilantly pursuing the
case and keeping the heat on NY Apple Tours. The City now needs to work with
residents to develop a comprehensive tour bus plan that places neighborhood
quality of life first.