A tenant in a fancy uptown apartment house abuses his dog, his roommate and his neighbors by publicly tormenting the pooch, letting it use public hallways as a toilet, getting into loud violent fights and hurtling through the building’s hallways wielding a ninja sword, court papers say.
Morningside Associates, the owner of 400 W. 113 St., is asking a judge to order Crato behave — and to pay $500,000 for the damage it claims he’s inflicted on the brand new complex which is snuggled up to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court say Zhang, who moved into his fifth floor apartment in May, has “engaged in a course of conduct over the past month that threatens the health and safety of other building tenants” — and his husky.
His actions include “beating and assaulting his roommate in public, beating and abusing his dog in public, roaming the halls of the building with a ninja sword, causing a potential fire in his apartment, damaging building property and similar conduct,” the landlord’s suit says.
The lawyers cite Zhang’s behavior on Sept. 22 when late in the afternoon, they say, he went into the lobby “clad only in his underwear” and was “screaming uncontrollably” at his roommate, who was injured and taken to the hospital.
Court papers say police removed Zhang from the building, but he returned several hours later when he started throwing his roommate’s possessions into the trash.
Just before dawn the next morning, papers say, Zhang almost started a fire in his apartment with a plastic container in his microwave that started to smoke. That afternoon, the lawyers say, Zhang was “roaming the public hallways … with a ninja sword” and again removed from the building by police.