A Treehouse Triumphs In ManhattanS

An 18-month court battle over a woman's right to have a backyard treehouse for her kids has ended, and the treehouse won. New York artist Melinda Hackett yesterday beat her cranky neighbor and even won landmark status for the structure.

Hackett's neighbor reported her kids' treehouse to authorities and police showed up to inspect the "suspicious structure" in the backyard of her Greenwich Village home. A legal fight ensued, and Hackett eventually won, according to the AP. And since the home she lives in was built in the 1860s, the treehouse was also granted landmark status as it is considered recreational equipment. That's a nice little f-you to the neighbor. Check it out:

A Treehouse Triumphs In ManhattanS

A Treehouse Triumphs In ManhattanS

Here's a video tour of Hackett's (well crafted, we might add) treehouse:

[Images via AP]