Two families of multi-millionaires are feuding over just one foot of real estate on the Upper East Side.
The fight began back in 2012, when Soros Fund Management partner Ravi Yadav and his wife, Suzanne, paid $8.1 million for a townhouse at 63 East 92nd Street. Straightaway the couple began renovating the 3,535-square-foot property, a process that replaced a black iron fence surrounding their neighbors’ stoop, which decades ago had been installed on their property, according to the New York Post.
But fence was owned by their neighbor Philippe Delouvrier, the son of French economist Paul Delouvrier, and he objected to the Yadav’s choice of new fencing material. After negotiations broke down, Delouvrier allegedly claimed to own the 12 inches of property because he has used it for 20 years.
“It’s a lawsuit over a few inches! It’s ridiculous!’’ the defendants’ lawyer, Adam Leitman Bailey, told the Post.
However, Delouvrier’s architect, Andrew Pollock, says in court papers that “any tampering with the enclosed stoop…would destroy the character of the front entrance.” [NYP] – Christopher Cameron