The battle between the co-op board at Harperley Hall and Madonna on the Upper West Side in Manhattan has shifted from the usual ugly to a lawsuit. As the Daily Mail reports, Madonna is suing it for stipulating her children and household help can't stay in her apartment without her being there.
The co-op boards in Manhattan have enormous power - that is, if you want to purchase or sell an apartment in Manhattan. Members review your finances and interview you and, often, even your animal companions. But even when admitted, you are not safe from their rules. They have to approve work you want to do on your apartment when it's done. And, when it comes time to sell, they have to approve the buyer.
But the rules don't stop with the board. Residents in the building can decide you are disrupting their peace and happiness. That's another source of tyranny. This time through the lawyers. And, since Manhattan is known for wealth, just like D.C. is known for power, those residents have the resources to sustain any legal strategy to torment neighbors.
That's just the way it is to live in Manhattan. Dealing with co-op boards and rich neighbors is simply a rite of passage in Gotham. One might think it analogous to get your first round of funding in Silicon Valley.