By Carol Tannenhauser
You won’t have Trump to skate around anymore.
“The City of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. These include contracts for three iconic Central Park attractions — the Wollman and Lasker skating rinks and the Carousel — as well as the Trump Golf Links in the Bronx. The mayor said he was confident that the city has the legal right to do so, and will prevail in any inevitable Trump-instigated lawsuit.
“Our legal team has done an assessment and the contracts make very clear if a company and the leadership of that company is engaged in criminal activity, we have the right to sever the contract,” the mayor said. “Inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity. So, the City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization. They have profited from these contracts. They will profit no longer.”
But New Yorkers will still skate and ride in idyllic circles, he added. “We’re going to get new vendors to take over and what’s obvious is these are sites that we want to continue serving the public but not with an organization led by a criminal. So, we will get new vendors to come in and take them over quickly. I want to see the service continue.”
It’s not yet clear if they’ll change the prices, which include a $5 “spectator” fee at both rinks.
The city has been taking steps toward severing business ties with the Trumps for years. Local City Council Member Mark Levine has been determined to get The Trump Organization out of Central Park ever since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign on July 16, 2015, with a speech saying Mexico was sending “rapists” to the U.S. In October, 2019, the Trump name was “minimized” at both skating rinks.
Wollman Rink is in Central Park at 63rd Street. For information click here. Lasker Rink is on 110th Street and Lenox Avenue. For information click here. The carousel is mid-park at 65th Street. For information click here.