Mogul gives us ‘Liberty’
The Russian-born billionaire who has been blocking views of the Statue of Liberty with his mega-yacht all month has finally sailed off — to New Jersey — leaving a trail of relieved tourists and boaters in his wake.
Days after The Post ran a story (right) airing locals’ grievances over oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler parking his luxury vessel, Le Grand Bleu, in front of Lady Liberty, the boat weighed anchor on Monday.
Tracking data show the yacht had moved near Sandy Hook.
It was unclear whether Shvidler was gone for good or just out for a sail, but locals and tourists alike were taking what they could get.
“You kind of want that unobstructed view of what it was like when the immigrants came here,” Tamasan Murph, a tourist from Dallas, Texas, said as she and her family enjoyed an unobstructed view of the Statue of Liberty on Monday.
“This is my fancy yacht, let’s block the view,” Murph, 42, said, mocking Shvidler’s selfishness, before adding, “It’s just rude.”
The Russian-American billionaire first parked his yacht near Lady Liberty this past spring, then took a break in April, spending the month in Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn — only to return in June.
The yacht was a gift to Shvidler from Roman Abram- ovich, a fellow Russian rich guy and pal of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Coast Guard’s New York office has fielded multiple complaints about the view-blocking boat, spokesman Steven Strohmaier said.
It isn’t illegal to park in front of the statue for lengthy periods of time — just inconsiderate.