Strokes bassist and realtor at war over a secret garden in NYC
He’s between a rock star and a arduous place.
An actual property exec who plunked down $3.3 million for a distinctive Soho condominium is battling Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture over the yard behind their properties, claiming the musician is “fixated” on the inexperienced house — and has made life in the constructing hell in his quest to acquire it.
Toby Dodd of Cushman & Wakefield, and his spouse, Julie de Pontbriand, moved into 42 King St. in 2017, snagging the ground-floor condominium and non-public rear yard.
They later snatched up the garden subsequent door at 44 King St., together with a small ground-floor room in that constructing for a music, shelling out $300,000, courtroom papers present.
In 2019, Fraiture — whose band gained a Grammy in 2021 for finest rock album — and his spouse, Ilona, purchased a ground-floor unit in 44 King and the basement.
They sued in 2021, claiming the models bought by the Dodds had been illegally mixed, and prevented them from doing desired renovations.
Now the Fraitures have one mission: to say 44 King’s garden as their very own, declare the Dodds, who filed their very own lawsuit in opposition to Fraitures final week.
The roughly 45-by-40-foot space is the “real value” of the property and so uncommon in Manhattan, it was hailed by The New York Times for its “treasure-like quality,” Dodd and Pontbriand contend in courtroom papers.
“The Fraitures’ motivation is simple: the Dodds have exclusive rights over the building’s garden and the Fraitures want it for themselves,” in response to courtroom papers.
Calling the Dodds the house owners of 44 King Street’s non-public garden is a “false assumption,” a lawyer for the Fraitures informed The Post.
“Think of it this way: if I told you that I had a bridge to sell and you bought it from me, would that make you the owner of that bridge? No, it would not. Based upon everything I have seen to date, I believe that the Dodds’ claim of ownership is, at best, questionable,” lawyer Bradley Silverbush mentioned.
Dodd and Pointbriand declare the Fraitures have been making an attempt to unfairly oust the couple from 44 King Street and its yard.
“The Dodds have never wavered on their unwillingness to part with the Garden. … Rather than accept that reality, the Fraitures launched a still-ongoing scheme to force the Dodds out of 44 King and take the Garden for themselves,” in response to the lawsuit.
The Fraitures unwavering battle has made life depressing in 44 King, the Dodds declare.
“Other residents have commented that prior to the Fraitures’ arrival, 44 King was a very pleasant community in which to live, but the Fraitures have created an unsettling, tension filled environment for all,” in response to the lawsuit, which was first reported by the Real Deal.
A Manhattan decide granted the Dodds’ request to stop the Fraitures from booting them from 44 King till a courtroom look subsequent month.