“Law & Order” stars Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann faced some legal troubles of their own last week, when they failed to receive variances from the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals to legalize a treehouse, playing court and swing set they have on their property that the town says is too close to their neighbors.
Though the couple’s attorney read aloud a letter from their 10-year-old son that went “‘Dear Mr. Newbold, I promise to play basketball really, really quietly,’” it was apparently not enough to convince the board to grant the variances.
“Swing sets do create noise,” the chairman, Mr. Newbold, said, adding that moving it “would still respect the neighbors’ privacy.”
In another unforgivable move, the couple built their treehouse only 7.2 feet away from the property line, and made it taller than the 14-foot height allowable for such structures. Not to mention, two beds were visible inside the structure though the couple did not receive a certificate of occupancy for it.
Treehouse squatters and loud swing sets? Somebody better call in the DA!