http://nypost.com/2017/08/21/landlord-drops-suit-against-tenant-with-confederate-flags/ Landlord drops suit against tenant with Confederate flags By Julia Marsh August 21, 2017 | 6:04pm | Updated August 22, 2017 | 11:49am 403 E. 8th Street in the East Village Daniel William McKnight That was quick. A Manhattan landlord withdrew an eviction case against a tenant for displaying two Confederate flags in the windows of his East Village apartment just two days after filing the claim. “At this point, he feels it would be better to work it out with the tenant,” said Robert Gumenick, the lawyer for building owner Charles Yassky. Gumenick declined to comment further except to say that Yassky no longer wanted to pursue the matter in court. The suit, filed Saturday in Manhattan Supreme Court, claimed that East Eighth Street renter Will Green “contractually gave up any free speech rights by his execution of the lease agreement, which bans objectionable conduct. “The conduct of the defendant in the wake of the recent activities in Charlottesville, Va., the president’s statements related to the same and public concerns make the defendant’s actions unreasonable in character,” Yassky argued in the suit. “This conduct is a prohibited, anti-social and intentional act that has no valid societal purpose and is not protected by any legal theory,” Yassky said. The building owner claimed that Green’s flags — which he has illuminated at night with a spotlight from his rent-regulated $1,410-a-month, fifth-floor unit — created “a clear and present danger to the building, its residents and the community at large.” Police have been patrolling the area for the past several days after protesters rallied outside the building, and someone threw a rock through a window, according to the suit. Yassky, a developer who owns residential and commercial real estate around the city and shopping malls around the country, has covered Green’s windows with tarps to try to tamp down the unrest. “The building and its residents have expressed constant fear of physical attack and for their physical safety and well being,” the landlord said in court papers.. In an Aug. 19 e-mail attached to court papers, Green said he is in the mountains without cellphone service to get some “sun and to see the eclipse.” “I’ve had those flags up for over a year. I find all the alleged commotion while i’m on vacation a little suspicious. I’ll be back in the city on Tuesday, you can update me then. Whatever the drama, ‘this too shall pas.’ (like the eclipse),” Green wrote. Green did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the eviction suit. The tenant has a “history of unpredictable behavior,” according to court papers, which say he once threw a television down the stairs, has played offensive music, displayed German Cross flags and even attempted suicide by jumping from a window before he was stopped by EMS.