From the Daily News:
A wall separates them: Battle for a Bronx beach
By Dorian Block, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
The weather is cooling down, but the battle over a Bronx beach is heating up.
A group of families who have been visiting a stretch of shorefront for decades is suing a couple who blocked their easy access by building luxury homes.
"We want our beach back," said Edel Morrissey, 50, whose three children grew up kayaking and skim-boarding in the water.
"I don't think they expected we would fight."
She and six other families are suing Thomas and Susan Acquafredda, who are constructing three two-family home rentals on the site. They also built a locked fence and a sea wall at the end of the public street, where the neighbors used to enter the beach.
Now the longtime residents must walk several blocks for access and fret that the value of their homes is being damaged.
Simon Rothkrug, lawyer for the Acquafreddas, called the beach "private" and pointed to a $20-a-month lease from the city in June for the small parcel that the neighbors used to walk on.
Eric Baum, lawyer for the residents, says an easement granted in 1928 proves the neighbors have rights to the beach.
In Bronx Supreme Court on Friday, Rothkrug agreed his clients will not work on the sea wall or rent or sell the units until a judge can consider the case on Nov. 16.