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Trump Organization can continue to operate Bronx golf course, judges rules

The city’s legal department, which represents the city in court, said it was “disappointed” with the decision and would reconsider its options. A spokesperson did not say whether the city plans to appeal. Mr de Blasio did not respond to a message seeking comment.

New York City built the 192-acre golf course at Ferry Point near the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge for $127 million. However, the project ran into problems early on. Toxic substances were found in the ground, then a development deal fell through and it proved difficult to find an operator.

Eventually, the Trump Organization stepped forward. In a deal announced in 2010, during the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the company said it would operate the golf course, pay for maintenance and build a $10 million clubhouse.

The course opened in April 2015, two months before the start of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, which forever altered his relationship with the city where he had lived and run his affairs with considerable celebrity.

Once seen as a flashy member of Manhattan’s wealthy elite, Mr. Trump’s election in 2016 quickly made him a political and social pariah whose name was stripped from private buildings and whose visits to Trump Tower , the skyscraper where he has a three-story residence, have been met with protests.

He and Mr. de Blasio have also made no secret of their enmity. Mr. Trump called Mr. de Blasio “the worst mayor in the history of New York”. When Mr. de Blasio ran an ill-fated presidential campaign in 2020, he focused on what he called Mr. Trump’s failures. As part of their public feud, Mr. Trump eventually changed his primary residence to Florida, a move Mr. de Blasio applauded.

Yet even as the two leaders feuded, the Trump Organization still had contracts to operate the golf course, two skating rinks in Central Park, and the Central Park Carousel. When Mr. de Blasio decided to end those contracts after the Capitol riot, he said they brought in the Trump Organization about $17 million a year.


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