Celeb Surgeon Dr. Oz Sued By Cliffside Park Neighbor

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (CBS 2) — Trees planted by Dr. Mehmet Oz are giving his New Jersey neighbors more than heart palpitations.

Angelo and Hana Bisceglie are suing the celebrity TV heart surgeon because the Oz family planted trees next to their Cliffside Park property that they say are destroying their view of the Manhattan skyline.

Dr. Oz, his wife Lisa, and their children have lived at the mansion for close to a decade. So have their neighbors, the Bisceglies, who used to have the same magnificent, panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline – until the Oz family planted three 30-foot cedar trees on their property.

“They block the entire view of the downtown area, now we can’t see the Empire State Building,” Hana Bisceglie told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey. “Even from the bedroom window, we can’t see anything.”

The border war started as a skirmish two years ago, when the TV doctor placed bamboo trees and his pool and cabana construction site. The Bisceglies complained, saying they were flammable, so they were replaced with the view-blocking shrubs – and all because Lisa Oz is allegedly obsessed with her privacy.

“She doesn’t want to see paparazzi,” Hana said. “I don’t invite them here to my home.”

The Oz family’s construction manager, Mike Wujek, declined comment.

“Can’t say anything about the trees because of litigation,” Wujek said.

While no one inside the Oz home could speak to CBS 2, other neighbors could.

“He’s an asset, a fine neighbor,” Roberta Beehler said. “I have nothing bad to say about the man, only good things.”

To Hana Bisceglie, it’s all about being good neighbors, and she’s still hoping a compromise can be reached.

“It’s Cliffside Park, it’s not Alpine,” Hana said. “All the properties are close together. You should expect this.”

The neighbors claim the offending cedars have cost them more than $500,000 on the resale value of the $3 million dollar home

A lawyer for the borough of Cliffside Park said the lawsuit is just a conflict between the two neighbors over landscaping.

Dr. Oz’s lawyer did not return repeated requests for comment.

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  1. Debra says:

    You notice they complained about the bamboo first and the Oz family removed that, now they are sueing over cedar trees. The hatters are always going to find something to compalin about. Jealous much Bescales??? No one owns a view, get a life?

  2. ken says:

    Don’t want to see the paparazzi? Don’t marry a celebrity.

  3. Steve M. says:

    Suing because trees are blocking the view of concrete buildings! LOL! You really can’t make this stuff up..!

    1. ken says:

      In urban settings, views, whether they are of landscaping, notable buildings, or just skylines, do affect the real estate value.

  4. C.J. says:

    People are always looking for a reason to sue.

    1. LAWSUIT LOTTERY says:

      Hey..watch it C.J…I’ll sue you (; >)

  5. otto says:

    Dr Oz is a celebrity and Bisceglie is not.

    This is America. Celebrities are our gods – especially those on “reality” TV.

    Bisceglie needs to realize this and not upset Oz any longer. In fact, Bisceglie should pay Oz for the privilege of living next to him!

  6. cassie says:

    How do you knowthat he’s full of it. Has he asked for $$$ or has he asked for the trees to be changed?? I don’t know where you are from, but this kind of thing happens a lot- especially in the suburbs of NYC. We have awesome views of NY from NJ. They are even better from here than when you are in NY. If those views are blocked, it greatly reduces prporty value!!!!

    1. MY VIEW IS BETTER THAN YOURS says:

      DUH..WHAT PART OF SUING DON’T YOU COMPREHEND…APPARENTLY HE HAS NO INTENTION OF “TALKING” THIS MATTER SENSIBLE WITH THE “MILLIONAIRE” DOCTOR”
      I RESIDE IN THE SUBURBS AS WELL…BUT WE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH CONSIDERATION FOR OUR NEIGHBORS AND THEIR PRIVACY…APPARENTLY HE’S SEEKING COMPENSATION..FOR THE REDUCTION IN HIS PROPERTY VALUE OF $500K….??? READ IT AGAIN…
      YOU DON’T FILE NOTICE OF CLAIM TO SIT AND HAVE TEA AND SCRUMPETS !!

  7. Malcom B.Morely says:

    It’s an interesting legal issue if a property owners view is
    protected as a possible means of additional income ,say if a house
    is put up for eventual sale,
    Many Apts in NYC state “Riv View” even if they
    just show a sliver of the Hudson or East rivers to increase interest
    of sales or additional rent based on a view.
    Sadly in New York we usually don’t have a say if a High rise is built in
    front of our windows,even blocking out daylight.
    This will be an interesting court case,but one would think a compromise
    could be arranged before it gets that far.

  8. He can see clearly now ! says:

    HEY DOC..HERE’S A SUGGESTION…

    OFFER HIM IN GOOD FAITH….

    A FREE COLONOSCOPY…HE’S FULL OF IT…

  9. They sued me too says:

    Lawsuit happy sack of you know what..And I’d bet he’s got “pain and suffering” added to the list as well. Just leave it to the unhappies..to try and destroy the Mr. & Mrs. Happy….LOSER !

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