Booze cruise battle: Booted from NYC dock, owner sees racism

December 18, 2018 - 5:33 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Dwayne Braithwaite is a rarity in New York City's sightseeing cruise industry. He's a black owner with mostly black patrons from the city's West Indian community.

On Wednesday, he's going to court to fight the sudden ouster of his vessels from city-owned docks in Brooklyn.

Braithwaite is alleging racism and accuses the city contractor that runs the docks of punishing him for not paying kickbacks.

The city and contractor Dock NYC say that's not true.

They say Braithwaite and his two vessels violated the terms of their docking contracts at least seven times in just 77 days.

They say his ships departed late, blasted loud music, and blocked ferries from docking. They also linked customers from one of his ships to a nearby shooting.

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