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Lawsuit erupts at 14th Street condo building over dead plants

The owners of a penthouse unit say they are being harassed with view-blocking plants

December 20, 2015 12:00PM

135 West 14th Street and a planter

135 West 14th Street and a planter

An odd showdown took place at a building on 14th Street, where the condo board allegedly punished owners by intentionally blocking their views with dead plants, according to a lawsuit.

The suit pits condo owners Mark Mackenzie and Sandra Faber and the condo board of 135 West 14th Street, according to the New York Post. The couple paid $1.9 million in 2009 for a penthouse unit and claims to have made the purchase under the condition that alterations could be made to the two rooftop terraces.

The penthouse owners started converting one wall of their apartment into floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a terrace shared by the building, which displeased the board. In “retaliation,” the building tried to block their views, first with a fence and then with dead plants.

After the couple got a stop work order slapped on the fence, the board put three large planters in front of the windows, blocking the skyline views, according to the suit.[NYP] – Christopher Cameron