Parasailing bond traders will no longer be part of the skyline near the Statue of Liberty following a judge’s ruling that a parasail is an aircraft.
Criminal Court Judge Ellen M. Coin rejected the argument of “Parasail New York” owner Alex Santoriello that a parasail is no more than a “moored kite” and should be considered exempt from restrictions on take-offs and landings under the Administrative Code.In 1997, Mr. Santoriello, using his 31-foot customized boat “Airgasm,” opened “Parasail New York,” a business that catered primarily to adventure seekers in the Wall Street area, and charged $55 for a 10-minute ride 300 feet above the water.
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