Crackdown announced after Alec Baldwin falls for NYC tour 'scam'

Alec Baldwin is seen leaving Manhattan Criminal Court after his arraignment

We paid. Then we read the tickets.

Statue Cruises is the only ferry operator permitted by the National Park Service to take visitors to Liberty and Ellis islands.

Alec Baldwin is angry after getting fooled by an infamous tourist scam in New York City.

The tickets the Baldwin family purchased were not for a simple ferry ride from the southern tip of Manhattan, but would require them to board a shuttle bus and ride all the way to Liberty State Park in Jersey City - a Baldwin. traveling to New Jersey?. the hypocrisy! - and then catch a boat that wouldn't even let them off on Liberty Island itself.

The city Department of Transportation said it was sending cease-and-desist letters to two companies, Freedom Cruises and Sphinx Transport, believed to be operating the illegal bus stops in Lower Manhattan and targeting unsuspecting sightseers.

The 30 Rock star and wife Hilaria wanted to take their four children to go and see the iconic NY monument in style, so made a decision to shell out on US$40 tickets after a bogus ticket seller promised they were for a tour of Liberty Island, where the statue is located.

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"I have long decried the unfortunate situation where unsuspecting tourists are being scammed by unscrupulous and aggressive ticket hawkers and being sold tickets that actually don't take them to Statue of Liberty", Nadler said.

Baldwin, who paid $US40 ($63) for each ticket, advised his followers to take the Staten Island Ferry instead of seeking out a ticket like he did.

"The Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol of the promise of the America", said de Blasio, a Democrat. It's the best ride in NY'.

Faulty ticket sellers have hawked scam passes near Battery Park City for years as the city and the NYPD have repeatedly tried to crack down on them.

But he was shocked to realized tickets - which he shelled out $40 each for - were actually for a three-hour shuttle bus trip to New Jersey.

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