Alec Baldwin Says He Was Scammed by Statue of Liberty Boat Tour

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

The city announced on Tuesday yet another crackdown on Battery Park ticket scammers - a day after Alec Baldwin publicly complained that he and his family were hustled into buying a bogus tour of the Statue of Liberty. We paid. Then we read the tickets.

The 30 Rock star and wife Hilaria wanted to take their four children to go and see the iconic NY monument in style, so chose 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. However, he, his wife Hilaria and their children were shocked to discover they had actually paid for a three-hour shuttle bus trip to New Jersey - for Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

A message was left with the tour operator that apparently sold Baldwin the tickets.

Baldwin said he couldn't believe "two sharp, savvy NYers" - his wife is also a longtime New Yorker - fell for it.

Of course, Liberty Island is located in New Jersey waters, but that's not what Baldwin was referring to.

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"This is a scam, ' added the '30 Rock" star, who has lived in the Big Apple for many years. "It's the best ride in NY", Alec Baldwin said.

"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.

"Very few tourists would visit New York City and knowingly get on a boat to see the Statue of Liberty that does not even take them to Liberty Island", said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Baldwin says his family ultimately ended up taking the Staten island Ferry, which is free and passes the Statue of Liberty.

Hilaria posted a photo of the Baldwin clan - minus 11-month old Romeo - catching the famed Staten Island ferry, which also offers great views of the 305-foot statue.

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