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Trump Organization Can Keep Operating Bronx Golf Course, Judge Rules

The city’s Law Department, which represents the city in court, said it was “disappointed” with the decision and would review its options. A spokesman would not say whether the city planned 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. The project ran into troubles from the beginning, though. Toxic substances were found in the soil, and then a development deal fell through, and finding an operator proved difficult.

Eventually, the Trump Organization stepped forward. In a deal announced in 2010, under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration, the company said it wold operate the golf course, pay for upkeep and build a $10 million clubhouse.

The course opened in April 2015, two months before Mr. Trump started his presidential campaign, which forever altered his relationship with the city where he had lived and managed his business affairs with considerable celebrity.

Once considered a flashy member of Manhattan’s moneyed elite, Mr. Trump’s election in 2016 quickly made him a political and social outcast whose name was removed from private buildings and whose visits to Trump Tower, the skyscraper where he has a three-story residence, were met with protests.

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

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

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