A Manhattan landlord is trying to evict a tenant for displaying two Confederate flags in the windows of his East Village apartment.
The court papers argue that tenant Will Green, who lives in a rent-regulated $1,141 apartment on East Eighth Street, “contractually gave up any free speech rights by his execution of the lease agreement, which bans objectionable conduct.
“The conduct of the defendant in the wake of the recent activities in Charlottesville, Va., the president’s statements related to the same and public concerns make the defendant’s actions unreasonable in character,” argues building owner Charles Yassky in the new Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
“This conduct is a prohibited, anti-social and intentional act that has no valid societal purpose and is not protected by any legal theory,” Yassky says in the suit.
The building owner claims that Green’s flags — which he has illuminated at night with a spotlight from his fifth-floor unit — have created “a clear and present danger to the building, its residents and the community at large.”
Police have been patrolling the area for the past several days after protesters rallied outside the building and someone threw a rock through a window, according to the suit.
Yassky, a developer who owns residential and commercial real estate around the city and shopping malls around the country, has covered Green’s windows with tarps to try to tamp down the unrest.
“The building and its residents have expressed constant fear of physical attack and for their physical safety and well being,” the landlord says in court papers.
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SOURCE: New York Post