The War of the Roses, New York City version
Apr 2011 28

The War of the Roses is a 1989 film starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. In it, a once-loving couple turn into mortal (literally) enemies.

A similar story is being played out in New York City.

The New York Daily News ran an article about a couple who once lived in holy matrimony in a Brooklyn brownstone. Eventually, they had irreconcilable differences. But, instead of getting a divorce and selling their property, they used Sheetrock to split the house in two and both continued to live there.

Since 2007, it’s been estimated that, combined, they have spent more on attorneys and litigation than the house is actually worth.

After visiting “civil court, family court, housing court, bankruptcy court and appellate court”, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge has decided enough is enough and is forcing them to sell the property in order to satisfy outstanding debts and, hopefully, put an end to the entire episode.

Or, not.

While Chana was angry with the ruling and vowed that it would not be final, Simon, who owns three other Brooklyn buildings, was “very happy” with the decision., according to The Real Deal.

There’s a moral here. Actually, probably more than one.

More: “War of the Roses”over as sweater-mogul Simon Taub, wife Chana finalize epic, nasty divorce – New York Daily News

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