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September 13, 2016 02:10PM

Sean Lennon and 155 West 13th Street

Sean Lennon and 155 West 13th Street

All you need is… a chainsaw for that tree, Sean Lennon.

A judge ordered the Beatles scion to immediately cut down an ailing tree that was the root of a feud between the musician and his next-door neighbors on 13th Street in Greenwich village. The New York Post first reported the judge’s decision.

Lennon’s neighbors, Gary and Addie Tomei, parents of the actress Marisa Tomei, sued him for $10 million dollars in 2015 after the roots of the 60-foot tree on his property cracked their stoop, crept into the basement and damaged their foundation.

Lennon refused to remove the tree and told the Tomeis to alter an iron railing on their property so he could save it.

Lennon bought his home at 153 West 13th Street for $9.5 million in 2008. The Tomeis have owned No. 155 since 1994. [NYP]Chava Gourarie