Confederate flags in Manhattan apartment window are taken down

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 22, 2017

Confederate flags that were on display in a Manhattan apartment window were taken down Saturday.

The building owner claims that Green's flags - which he has illuminated at night with a spotlight from his fifth-floor unit - have created "a clear and present danger to the building, its residents and the community at large".

In an August 19 email attached to court papers, Green says he is in the mountains without cellphone service to get some "sun and to see the eclipse".

In a supporting affidavit, landlord Charles Yassky of the management group calls displaying the flags a "sociopathic exercise" and asks the court to let management enter the apartment and take down the flags and to order Green to keep them down.

The landlord plans to kick Green out, the suit says, and is seeking permission from the court to keep the flags off the windows in the meantime. Green also has hung a 13-star American flag and four Israeli flags in his windows. As evidence, it cites a series of emails that dating back to Wednesday evening, in which a handful of rattled tenants implore the building's manager to address the situation, some pointing to an incident Wednesday morning when an angry neighbor hurled rocks at the building.

Two days later, "a prowler from an adjoining building" broke one of Green's windows and was arrested, according to papers. The symbols were used by the Nazis and remain a powerful hate symbol used by white supremacists.

Yassky has threatened to post Green's name, phone number and photo outside the building if he doesn't remove the flags.

"Clearly, the rocks that have been thrown were aimed at you and your apartment with the flags, not the innocent neighbors".

Green replied he was in the mountains and preparing to watch Monday's solar eclipse with a friend.

"I've had those flags up for over a year, I find all the alleged commotion while I'm on vacation a little suspicious", he wrote. "Whatever the drama, 'this too shall pas.' (like the eclipse)", Green wrote.

That incident was the culmination of a week of controversy surrounding the windows, which kicked off shortly after a violent rally left a woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparking alarm among neighbors who noticed the flags overhead.

"Once the tenant realizes the extent of the problem, we're hopeful the tenant will cooperate", he said.

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