Manhattan, NY - Holy-War Over Sukkos At Trump Place Condos
Manhattan, NY - A high-rise holy war has broken out at the Trump Place Condominiums, where one manâ€™s straw Sukkot has left a concerned couple soaking wet and steaming mad.
Thomas Tagliani and Leslie Lucas say theyâ€™ve repeatedly complained about the Sukkot that Zev Geller, who lives two floors down, builds each year on his third-floor terrace.
The 20-foot-long religious structure is a fire hazard, and Geller allegedly regularly barbecues next to it, creating a dangerous â€śtinderbox condition,â€ť according to the coupleâ€™s Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
Tagliani and Lucas are suing Geller, the condo owner and the condo board for $500,000. They want Geller booted from the building as well.
â€śIâ€™m Jewish. I built a Sukkot. I didnâ€™t think much of it because itâ€™s temporary,â€ť Geller said. â€śIâ€™m literally just a Jewish person living in New York City, but I guess my neighbor doesnâ€™t like that.â€ť
The case has nothing to do with religion, said lawyer William Perniciaro, who represents Tagliani and Lucas.
â€śItâ€™s about fire, period,â€ť said Perniciaro.
Geller claims he researched the law and found that Sukkots donâ€™t fall under the fire code.
â€śI guess they take it personally that Iâ€™ve done anything on the terrace of my own apartment,â€ť he said.
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