Lawyer Sues to Stop Christmas Tunes Playing 16 Hours a Day

NYC attorney Nick Wilder says he can't take socialite Lisa Maria Falcone's display anymore
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2016 2:52 PM CST

Nick Wilder says he enjoys a rousing rendition of holiday songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" as much as the next guy—but maybe just one rendition at a time, not around the clock every single day. That's the gist of the New York City attorney's suit he's lodged against socialite Lisa Maria Falcone, per the New York Post, which details the injunction Wilder is seeking against the music he says is bombarding his Upper East Side apartment from Falcone's Christmas display across the street, where she owns three townhouses. "It's not like she plays it a half-hour every day," Wilder says. "It's on from 7am to midnight." Falcone is married to billionaire hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, leading the Post to call this Christmas-related clash the "New York elite at war."

Wilder, who's representing himself, wants to put a stop to what he says is almost-nonstop music that the "prima donna" (his description for Falcone) insists on blaring. At least one other neighbor doesn't have a problem with it, calling the music "pretty" and noting "you really only hear it when you walk by," per 1010 WINS. Wilder did say Monday that perhaps his threat is paying off: No music emanated from the display as of early afternoon. "She's invading other people's homes with her elevator music," he says. "[She should] show some Christmas spirit by being considerate and stop annoying the entire neighborhood." Falcone didn't answer Post requests for comment, and 1010 WINS says it was turned away by security at her townhouse when it tried to get the scoop. (A song by the Shins has become a holiday staple.)

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