Neighbors fight over 'revenge hedge'
A homeowner whose request to build a barn was denied because of neighbors' objections has planted a 10-foot hedge in retaliation, they say.
In the Hamptons, people take hedges seriously.
Last year, the Southampton Village Board unanimously passed a law that included jail time for scofflaws who don’t trim their hedges by July 31 every year.
Now, a prominent resident is in trouble in nearby Bridgehampton over planting a "revenge hedge," which neighbors claim he planted to block their view after they objected to his plan to build a barn.
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Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, a global financial firm that lost more than 600 employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, owns a 40-acre property in Bridgehampton. He applied for permission to build a barn, saying he wanted to plant an orchard and grapevines and start a personal winery, according to The New York Post. His neighbors objected, saying he really wanted to store his car collection.
"Please do not destroy what is left of this beautiful, protected land by allowing for the construction of some overdone monstrosity with questionable purpose,"’ one neighbor, Robert Rosenthal, beseeched town officials, according to The Post.
A proposal to build a smaller barn, or even two small barns, was also met with objections. Lutnick’s appeal of the rejection by the town of Southampton -- of which the Village of Southampton is a part -- is pending in court.
In the meantime, Lutnick planted a 10-foot-high privet hedge, which neighbors say cuts off their view of a field and an orchard. (No word on whether it is well-trimmed.)
The town agreed, saying that the hedge is illegal and has to come down.
"This is definitely the revenge hedge," neighbor Beate Moore told The Post. "He blocked everybody’s view."
In my neighborhood a family moved in and planted trees around their perimeter (front and sides) and when established would privatized their yard. Well they are growing and presenting a formidable fortress that now it is an invitation for anyone to hide behind and scare you plus it is dark and oppressive besides being so out of context for the neighborhood. My thought is if you want isolation go live in the woods.....
Owners property. I say he does as he wishes. Neighbors, Kiss off.
In the first place, this is not the land of unlimited personal freedom to do whatever you want where ever you want--even on your own property. There are pesky legal inconviences known as zoning laws and covenants. In the case of covenants they are often enacted by majority vote. In either case they are often in place when we move to a new location, and there isn't much we can do but try to challenge them in court after we've been found in a previous court to be in violation of them and fined.
Secondly, the article doesn't say that Mr. Lutnick surrounded his ENTIRE 40 acre property with a hedge. Nor, does it say that his neighbor's complain that Mr. Lutnick's hedge blocks their view of Mr. Lutnick's orchard and field. It only says it blocks their view of a field and an orchard.
Sometimes zoning laws and covenants work to our advantage, other times they don't. In this case, it appears that Mr. Lutnick was unfamiliar with the zoning and covenants of the area in which he wanted to build his barn. As for his hedge, maybe it will prove in court to satisfy local zoning and covenants. Maybe it won't. Until that time what difference does a minor disagreement between parties in Southhampton Village make to most of you who are so eager to be angered?
Read carefully and think. Oh, and learn to type too. Yeah, and maybe try to string three thoughts together in complete sentences within a coherent paragraph.
I loved living in a condo. I carried a .357 magnum and nobody bothered me.
A pissing contest, between people who have too much money. I grew up in the Northeast (albeit, not a Silver Spoon area like the Hamptons), and I'd say that the typical Neighbors there are generally a bunch of ****s. They want things to stay JUST the way they are, and they sue and collaborate, to block anyone from changing anything, no matter how intrusive.
40 acres is a lot of land. One or two barns is NOTHING, as far as "ruining" the ambiance and the View for the neighbors. Perhaps a certain location or two, very close to a property line, for instance, might cause conflict, but to deny him the right to build ANYTHING, causes WARS like this, between neighbors. Like I say, they've just GOT TOO MUCH MONEY. They need a good, hard JOB, to keep them busy and out of trouble.