Families feud but neighbors in Schenectady say they’re the victims

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SCHENECTADY — Two neighbors on a secluded Schenectady street have been at odds for years.

But neighboring homeowners say they’re the victims because they’ve been forced to look at their increasingly garish displays of passive-aggressiveness.

That includes a 10-foot-tall blue tarp between the homes, a row of neon-yellow soldiers and a “Worst Neighbor Ever” sign.

The long-simmering feud between neighbors on Van Ryn Avenue, a secluded dead end street near Brown School in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood, has neighboring homeowners groaning.

“It’s embarrassing,” said Elizabeth Harrington.

No one at either of the two warring homes answered the door on Thursday morning, the day after WRGB-Channel 6 aired a segment when fed-up neighbors reached out to the station in order to prompt a resolution.

Harrington said tensions have been simmering for years. The coronavirus pandemic cooled hostilities, she said, but the residential recriminations reignited weeks ago when the neighbor in the blue house allegedly started feeding peanuts to squirrels.

Then the neighbor in the yellow house put up a “Danger! No Peanuts, Food Allergies” sign, reported WRGB-Channel 6, who interviewed one of the homeowners off-camera on the condition of anonymity.


Multiple squirrels could be seen frolicking in the blue house’s yard on Thursday morning.

Regardless of how the dispute started, neighbors say the displays are making a mockery of the quiet neighborhood — and city police say one of the properties has called them at least 20 times since 2013 to complain.

That includes a call on May 15 about the “Worst Neighbor Ever” sign installation.

Harrington recalled a verbal altercation that resulted in a police visit. 

One close neighbor, who declined to give her name, said the spectacle discourages her from sitting on her porch. 

“It’s craziness and a monstrosity,” said the neighbor. “It’s a shame and I think it’s a detriment to the property.”

She wondered why a 10-foot tarp was permissible when residential side yard fences are capped at 6 feet under city code.

Another said the dispute is only making the warring parties look foolish.

“I think it’ll create a disadvantage in the neighborhood,” Kevin Ramnath said. “This is a quiet place.”

Harrington said she wasn’t personally bothered by the display because she didn’t have to look at it. But several homeowners have put their homes on the market, she said, fearing the dispute will scare away potential buyers.

Chief Building Inspector Chris Lunn said the homeowner who put up the tarp agreed to take it down on Friday after he paid them a visit on Thursday morning.

“I’m going to give him a fencing permit application,” Lunn said. “Then he’s going to build his own fence.”

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