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East Village Mega-Mansion Not Making Many Friends

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Art dealer David Zwirner lives with his family in a huge Selldorf Architects-designed townhouse on East 13th Street (above). If the story ended there, all would be well. But all is not well in the East Village, and it has to do with Zwirner's acquisition of the neighboring townhouse, which will be combined with his existing home into some sort of crazy mega-mansion. The construction is pissing off the locals, who are hitting back on a blog called Dear David Zwirner. The site is an open forum for Zwirner dissing, and here's a favorite:

There is no question that their expansion is legal, the question is whether it is right to block off people's windows just because the code allows them to. We live in a 300 SF apartment. The Zwirners probably won't even go into the area of their 14,000 SF mansion that blocks off our light. Legal, yes. Moral, no!! Someone told me that they had hired a Gypsy to put a curse on the Zwirners and the architectual firm. That's probably legal, but it's neither moral or ethical (personally, I'm not superstitious, but wishing ill on folks is never good).

Says another post, "It must be strange making a home while surrounded by folks that absolutely hate you." Looks like the neighbors won't be invited over for Thanksgiving, eh?
· Dear David Zwirner [ via Art Fag City]
· David Zwirner's East Village Townhouse to Nowhere [Curbed]