A homeless man has been found living in Ann Curry's unoccupied Upper West Side house on-and-off for the past year.
A neighbor discovered the man sleeping in the vestibule of the $2.9 million townhouse on Saturday and reported him to the police, who brought him to a homeless shelter. He told the New York Post that he did not know the identity of the homeowner, saying "Ann Curry means crap to me!"
He also offered to compromise, saying, "I'll go back if someone says, 'Here's the key. Maintain the building." The man, who said he had been chased out of Central Park, explained that he first sought refuge in the building last year after contractors failed to lock up, and spent the majority of the winter there.
He is the second homeless man to be found lving in Curry's house in the past year. The house has provided a steady stream of trouble for Curry, who purchased the four-story townhouse on West 71st Street with her husband, Brian Ross, in 2003. The couple had intended to build an 18-foot penthouse addition, but halted plans after receiving building code violations.
The house has also been the target of several lawsuits from at least four neighbors complaining about noise and safety, and worried that homeless people will accidentally set fire to the home trying to keep warm in the winter. John Lee, one of the neighbors, called the house "an eyesore and a problem, and said, "People end up sitting on that stoop and making noise and drinking."
Curry currently lives in a co-op in Gramercy Park. An NBC spokesperson released a statement saying, "Ann Curry is currently traveling to Africa to cover the humanitarian crisis and could not be reached for comment."
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