The Wire stopped by Fishs Eddy on Tuesday afternoon to find two shoppers floating around the 212 area, both looking for gifts for out of towners. One shopper rolled her eyes when asked who owns the skyline, "Definitely not the Port Authority." Another shopper laughed at the idea of anyone claiming the skyline as an asset. "What're they going to do? Add a trademark to the sky? Everyone who lives here gets to use the skyline, its ours."
A spokesperson for the Port Authority has said they will be targeting other businesses using their "assets" and that Fishs Eddy is not alone in receiving the cease and desist. The Wire contacted Grand Slam New York, a shop which sells a variety of products depicting the skyline, and they replied they had not received a letter of this sort. John Varvatos also sells a t-shirt depicting the skyline, and while a sales associate did not have any information about a potential cease and desist letter, they did tell us it was still for sale and they were not aware of any issues. The Wire contacted the Port Authority to learn which other retailers were targeted with cease and desist letters, however, they would not comment on the matter.
As for claiming the city skyline as an "asset," attorney Randy Kessler told The Wire in a phone interview that the Port Authority is facing an "uphill battle." Kessler noted that a city cannot reasonably "own" a skyline, as they don't own all of the buildings, but they may just be seeking an out-of-court settlement from Fishs Eddy.