Building sues residents over holiday displays

March 16, 2008 8:15:56 AM PDT
Holiday spirit has spurred a lawsuit in a Manhattan apartment building, where the co-op board is suing two residents for putting up seasonal decorations.

The building on genteel Gramercy Park bans holiday displays without the board's consent. But Richard Belza and Andrew Meehan festoon their windows and front door at Christmastime, Easter and Halloween anyway. Belza, a floral designer, calls their trimmings "very tasteful" and the lawsuit ridiculous.

But a lawyer for the 32 Gramercy Park South co-op board says rules are rules. Attorney Michelle Quinn also argues that decorations - especially those reflecting religious holidays - can alienate neighbors.

The lawsuit aims to stop Belza and Meehan from putting up decorations.


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