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(NYPost)   Top Wall Street banker and 1 percenter demands that his penthouse have a 100 percent 360-degree panoramic Manhattan skyline view or it will cause him to "suffer real and irreparable harm." Break out the tiny violins if you can find them   (nypost.com ) divider line
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2013-03-28 10:42:04 PM  
6 votes:
crisisboom.files.wordpress.com
2013-03-28 07:53:01 PM  
5 votes:
fark that asshole
2013-03-28 11:28:54 PM  
4 votes:
Day one of nuisance law: if you buy a property for the view, you better buy the view as well.

He might have a case on the zoning regs (and that "permanent and irreparable harm" bit is what you have to spew at the court to get them to actually issue an injunction against a project rather that allowing it to go ahead while te issue's being litigated and have them pay compensation later if it's found to cause damage.) But damn, what an asshole.
2013-03-28 10:50:59 PM  
4 votes:
See, this is a "New Money" thing to do. You won't see a Du Pont or a Rockerfeller making such a fuss. They'd just buy the offending building and knock off a couple of floors.
2013-03-29 01:04:46 AM  
3 votes:

Gyrfalcon: I mean, technically the law is on his side...


Not really, it sounds like the other property has a proper permit via a variance, which legally allows them to "break" the zoning laws in a specific way.  As long as they follow the variance, and it was properly obtained, the law is on their side.
2013-03-29 12:01:10 AM  
3 votes:

morg: Why is the elevator shaft 42 feet taller than the building? Does it house the machinery or something?


Even if the top of the shaft housed the utilities for the elevator, 42 feet seems excessive. I used to design 160 foot tall feed mills that had a service elevator in them the entire height and the utility room at the top was only 5'-6" tall for everything. So, 42 feet taller seems like they were going for having the tallest building in the area type of claim without actually having the tallest building in the area...
2013-03-28 10:39:27 PM  
3 votes:
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
2013-03-28 10:34:03 PM  
3 votes:
Be jealous all you want, guys, but take comfort in the fact that your name isn't Dick Handler.
2013-03-28 09:46:53 PM  
3 votes:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Well you have to work really hard to make that much money. Dude needs his rest!


Yeah!

Handler's 6,000-square-foot penthouse is actually just a pied-à-terre. His permanent residence is a lakefront mansion in swanky South Salem, Westchester.

You know what? I am going to go with asshole on this one.
2013-03-28 08:51:10 PM  
3 votes:
That seems like an invitation to inconvenience and annoy him as much as possible.
2013-03-28 08:02:15 PM  
3 votes:
Do we have a new leader the 'most punchable face' contest?

www.nypost.com
2013-03-29 04:33:30 AM  
2 votes:

HBK: You guys know he's not suing for money right? He's suing to ensure that the neighboring building follows its zoning laws.

I really don't understand the animus in this thread. Some people have more money than you.  Why don't you cry about it?


If it was REALLY about the "zoning laws" there wouldn't be an issue; but we all know it's not about that. Any more than when some douchebag sues because his neighbor's 150-year old tree is violating a "zoning ordinance" because its branches stick out six inches into the thoroughfare, or another asshole sues because the kids' lemonade stand violates a "zoning ordinance" that prohibits conducting a business in a residential area. Yes, it's true that there might be a case to be made that the tree, lemonade stand and elevator do violate the letter of the zoning law--and it's also true that in all three cases, that is not what Mr. or Ms. Douchebag Asshole is suing about.

Zoning laws are not there because the city cares if anyone has an unobstructed view, or for any pixie-ass reason this guy may have or you may imagine. They generally exist so that there isn't heavy industry in the middle of a residential area (or vice versa) or so very tall buildings don't emerge in the middle of established flight paths or block necessary airflow into or out of the city, or what have you. I guarantee this jerk did not give a rat's ass about "zoning laws" before this elevator shaft suddenly appeared on his horizon, or worry if any other building in the vicinity was compliant with the zoning regs. So we have to ask: Why does he care about this one so much? Answer: Because it bothers him personally, and that's the only reason.

Let him have his money. I could care less if he wants to have a Roman orgy nightly and snort pure Colombian blow off of virgin hookers 24/7. It's his money, let him do what he wants. But he didn't buy the sky. So suing someone over a bump in the skyline and pretending he's developed a sudden concern over Manhattan's zoning laws is pretentious asshattery of the kind that makes the 1% look like the evil moneygrubbing whores they are.

And that, in essence, is why there is so much animus in this thread. It's not that he has money. It's that he uses it to be a total dick.
2013-03-29 03:14:34 AM  
2 votes:
tenpoundsofcheese (farkied: It ain't cheese): stop with the class warfare.

Remember, boys and girls:

i192.photobucket.com

Class warfare.

i311.photobucket.com

Not class warfare.
2013-03-28 11:33:39 PM  
2 votes:
Christ, what an asshole.
2013-03-28 11:30:08 PM  
2 votes:
This would be a good time for Anonymous to hack his e-mail, bring all the skeletons he must have in there to light, and tear his materially wealthy but ethically bankrupt life down around him.

/sure, I'm jealous of his money
//doesn't mean he's not a major asshat
///third slashie says push him off the roof of his precious penthouse
2013-03-28 11:11:24 PM  
2 votes:

GoldSpider: So all all buildings being built near this entitled farkstick must not be taller than his penthouse?  And he thinks he should be allowed to dictate that??


No, I'm saying that the skyline is defined by the buildings you can see from your current location.  By definition you can't block the skyline with another building, because the other building is PART of the the skyline.  It would be like saying that a tree at the edge of the forest is blocking your view of the forest.
2013-03-28 11:05:22 PM  
2 votes:
Wait, he paid for a 360 degree view of the city skyline. Isn't the top of the neighboring building part of the skyline?
2013-03-28 10:55:38 PM  
2 votes:
The people with the most money are the biggest assholes when it comes to real-estate and the related BS.  I ran into this almost daily for work, and you know what?  Shoot 'em.  Shoot 'em all.  Wastes of oxygen every last one of them.
2013-03-28 10:52:24 PM  
2 votes:

EngineerAU: Lord Jubjub: I really don't wish to bring the French Revolution into this thread. I'll leave before I do.

It might take a good while but eventually the "Second Amendment solution" guys will figure out who it is that's really been screwing them over. Once that dam bursts, it's going to be chaos. Bloody bloody chaos.

/Probably not until long after the sheriff isn't near


The teabagger love for the banks is odd.  But they will continue to blame the blacks, the Mexicans, the Muslims, the poor, the blacks, the media, the educated, the educators, the blacks, and workers who work together to better their lives.  The banks are safe.
2013-03-28 10:52:22 PM  
2 votes:
no matter how wealthy and powerful you are and how excellent your life is you're going to die.
2013-03-28 10:44:19 PM  
2 votes:
That elevator shaft may need some ventilation. Might I suggest the following:

edge.liveleak.com
2013-03-28 10:34:04 PM  
2 votes:

Slives: Do we have a new leader the 'most punchable face' contest?


Also, too

lh5.googleusercontent.com
2013-03-28 08:51:36 PM  
2 votes:
I really don't wish to bring the French Revolution into this thread.  I'll leave before I do.

/This 1%er probably should be paying court and lawyer costs for all involved.
//Sorry, MisterTweak, I would go farther than you're willing to.
2013-03-29 02:48:35 PM  
1 vote:
It appears the majority of people in this thread hate the man.  Not because he is a bad person or has done something offensive, merely because he is rich and would like the local zoning ordinance enforced.

One of the reasons people purchase property in certain areas is it is zone in a particular way, and they can depend on that to keep their property values high and keep the area looking nice.  I don't make enough money to ever own a roof top suite, but I know that if someone violated my local zoning ordinances and set up a trailer home in an empty lot in my neighborhood, I would complain and expect it be removed.  I might even bring suit.

Same for people who live in historic neighborhoods that depending on the historic zoning to preserve their look and feel of the neighborhood.

There is nothing in the law that state, that after you make a certain amount in annual income that your right file suit to have the law enforced automatically disappears.
2013-03-29 09:02:06 AM  
1 vote:
A good kick in the balls could also cause him real and irreparable harm.  I vote for that.
2013-03-29 08:50:11 AM  
1 vote:
If your residence is on Manhattan (or one of your residences), then you accepted the drawbacks to packing so many people into that space.

Suck it up.
2013-03-29 06:38:45 AM  
1 vote:
Gyrfalcon:If it was REALLY about the "zoning laws" there wouldn't be an issue; but we all know it's not about that. Any more than when some douchebag sues because his neighbor's 150-year old tree is violating a "zoning ordinance" because its branches stick out six inches into the thoroughfare, or another asshole sues because the kids' lemonade stand violates a "zoning ordinance" that prohibits conducting a business in a residential area. Yes, it's true that there might be a case to be made that the tree, lemonade stand and elevator do violate the letter of the zoning law--and it's also true that in all three cases, that is not what Mr. or Ms. Douchebag Asshole is suing about.

All you farkers are so quick to jump on the "hate-the-rich" bandwagon ya mindless sheep.  This guy is not threatening some senior citizen over a tree or stomping on some poor kid's lemonade stand, he's taking on a major advertising firm that wants to throw parties on an open rooftop bar next door to where people live.  He's not the only citizen against it, he just gets his name in the paper because he is the only one with the money to fight it.

The advertising firm does business with high fashion moguls, Hollywood elites, and the Kardashian family.  This banker may be motivated by selfish reasons, but he's a hero for all the ordinary folk who don't want noisy celebrity parties in their neighborhood.  Here's a link to an article that shows what the neighborhood thinks:  http://www.tribecatrib.com/content/planned-glamour-studio-complex-wow s -fashionistas-not-cb1

I'm not trying to defend the guy, I just hate seeing people fall for bullshiat sensationalism.
HBK
2013-03-29 04:14:08 AM  
1 vote:
You guys know he's not suing for money right? He's suing to ensure that the neighboring building follows its zoning laws.

I really don't understand the animus in this thread. Some people have more money than you.  Why don't you cry about it?
2013-03-29 02:21:15 AM  
1 vote:
A school full of kids gets shot up, yet nobody can get to this guy? These douchebags need to end up in a pool of their own blood on the floors of their mansions.
2013-03-29 01:27:54 AM  
1 vote:
If he ever comes to have me do any design work for him my fee just quadrupled.  I have a special "asshole tax" for special cases like this.
2013-03-29 01:21:21 AM  
1 vote:

Insatiable Jesus: If he were strung up on the antenna on the building's roof, that would be a pretty good view.


Impaling him on the antenna would get him even higher. A better view, and a chance to dislodge that stick he's got up his ass.
2013-03-29 01:12:43 AM  
1 vote:
If the first line of this article hadnt gotten the "occupy weasels" all bent out of shape by unnecessarily setting a nasty tone by calling this guy a 1percenter, you guys might have stopped for a second to realize he DOES have a point.

not a legal one, but more of a whiney as biatch one.
2013-03-29 01:05:52 AM  
1 vote:
Is this the thread where a bunch of American trust-fund anarchists worry and fret over somebody else's wealth, while two billion others live in compete squalor?
2013-03-29 12:50:56 AM  
1 vote:

tenpoundsofcheese: fta:   the elevator shaft...rises to 162 feet - beyond the area's 120-foot limit.

so yeah, he is in the right on this one.

stop with the class warfare.


Boo farking hoo. The rich can afford to put up with us.  This is a waste of time, and the view from his heavenly perch is not our farking problem.  I hope he hired shiatty contractors and his railing gives way so he can have a 360 degree view as he tumbles to his death.
2013-03-29 12:50:45 AM  
1 vote:
MeanJean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MALMOFqp6s
Jump to 1:48.
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Sweet!

img841.imageshack.us

That should go viral.
That should be America.
2013-03-29 12:34:17 AM  
1 vote:
Fark that arsehole. and his damned view.
2013-03-29 12:28:25 AM  
1 vote:
Feck.  If I had a penthouse, I'd want a 100 percent 360-degree panoramic view too.  I wouldn't get it.  But by gosh I'd want it.
2013-03-29 12:14:22 AM  
1 vote:

angrycrank: Day one of nuisance law: if you buy a property for the view, you better buy the view as well.

He might have a case on the zoning regs (and that "permanent and irreparable harm" bit is what you have to spew at the court to get them to actually issue an injunction against a project rather that allowing it to go ahead while te issue's being litigated and have them pay compensation later if it's found to cause damage.) But damn, what an asshole.


Yeah, this.

I mean, technically the law is on his side...but do the 1% not understand that it is not their money that causes the rest of us issues with them, it is this smug and entitled attitude we find so intolerable?

BE rich. HAVE lots of money. Hell, enjoy the shiat out of it. But for F*CK'S sake, don't go pulling this kind of crap and whining that your view from the top of your diamond-encrusted tower is blocked by that golden tower over there, because we're just not going to be sympathetic.
2013-03-29 12:04:35 AM  
1 vote:
He must be one of the 18 that cannot be stopped© or at least one of the 15 we cant stop staring at™.  May he fall 162' for being a pretentious ass.  Really?  biatch about it to those in your group / hemisphere but kind of end it there.  Pardon me but the backs of these children that were supplied are not quite supple enough for the soles of my feet.
2013-03-29 12:03:56 AM  
1 vote:

palelizard: Hey, ease off. This could literally be a deal with the Devil thing. Once his view gets obstructed for too long, his soul could finally be forfeit.


So?
2013-03-28 11:57:53 PM  
1 vote:

He is technically correct, which is the best kind of correct.



i.imgur.com
2013-03-28 11:54:08 PM  
1 vote:
Why is the elevator shaft 42 feet taller than the building? Does it house the machinery or something?
2013-03-28 11:52:39 PM  
1 vote:

MeanJean: [crisisboom.files.wordpress.com image 580x435]


You realize that the majority of the people that lost their heads were the common folk.  Robispierre lost his head as well
2013-03-28 11:41:47 PM  
1 vote:
Call yourself Richard all you want..You're still just another Dick...
2013-03-28 11:25:27 PM  
1 vote:
So I guess only poor people should be able to complain about their neighbors.
2013-03-28 11:24:49 PM  
1 vote:
Oh waaaaaaaaaa I have a kajillion dollars and I'm in this penthouse maybe 2 weeks of the year and a small portion of my kitchen window view is obstructed...waaaaaaa how am I supposed to live this way?!!!
2013-03-28 11:10:27 PM  
1 vote:

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Couldn't he buy the building himself? I've heard of homeowners doing that in neighborhoods.


That was my thought as well.

The problem seems to be that the elevator is already built and has a variance that allows it 40 extra feel. Even buying the building doesn't necessarily mean he is going to be able to get the permits to tear down the elevator.

It is harm, and possibly irreparable at that.
2013-03-28 11:07:40 PM  
1 vote:

BradleyUffner: Wait, he paid for a 360 degree view of the city skyline. Isn't the top of the neighboring building part of the skyline?


So all all buildings being built near this entitled farkstick must not be taller than his penthouse?  And he thinks he should be allowed to dictate that??
2013-03-28 11:02:11 PM  
1 vote:
it would really piss some of you off if they portrayed him accurately and referred to him as a .001%er.  The 1%ers are poor to him.
2013-03-28 10:58:37 PM  
1 vote:
On behalf of my people.

This farker needs to die
2013-03-28 10:56:40 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah I'm going to have to ask this guy to kindly go fark himself.
2013-03-28 10:49:57 PM  
1 vote:
"Use of the building roof deck as an outdoor event space and its concomitant noise will impair the use and value of [Handler's] apartment," the suit says.

There's his real complaint; the elevator shaft is just backup.

Really, who buys a penthouse for the noise?
2013-03-28 10:48:41 PM  
1 vote:
dick handler
2013-03-28 10:46:50 PM  
1 vote:
EABOD, Douche. You're gonna have a building of supermodels working next door. Go have a stiff one at the bar & get the stick out of your ass
2013-03-28 10:45:06 PM  
1 vote:

Fart_Machine: [encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com image 273x185]


Exactly. I hope his portfolio drops 0.02% and he freaks out and tests his glass walls with a running leap.
2013-03-28 10:41:56 PM  
1 vote:
 "suffer real and irreparable harm."

One can only hope.
2013-03-28 10:40:46 PM  
1 vote:
One quick shove is all it would take.
2013-03-28 10:39:09 PM  
1 vote:
I'd be pleased if someone threw him off the roof.
2013-03-28 10:33:39 PM  
1 vote:
Hey, you know, if you sit on your ass long enough and don't pay taxes, you will get a penthouse view of manhattan too. After all, you are owed that and much more.
2013-03-28 10:30:37 PM  
1 vote:
Your name is getting added to the scarf, asshole.
2013-03-28 10:10:41 PM  
1 vote:
I must be watching "Sons of Anarchy" too much, because my 1st thought was "He is in a motorcycle gang?"
2013-03-28 10:00:23 PM  
1 vote:
fta:   the elevator shaft...rises to 162 feet - beyond the area's 120-foot limit.

so yeah, he is in the right on this one.

stop with the class warfare.
2013-03-28 08:15:54 PM  
1 vote:
I really don't like to wish a tumor upon someone, so I'll just leave this thread before I do.
2013-03-28 08:07:04 PM  
1 vote:
The man is obviously an insufferable douche, but legally he is correct. The question remaining is whether he has authority to challenge it
 
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