David Schwimmer Joins the Bad Celebrity Neighbors Club

The Friends star has made enemies with the residents of his Manhattan neighborhood by tearing down his historic townhouse

David Schwimmer has a right to buy an 1850s-era townhouse in Manhattan's East Village. And he has a right to tear it down, and launch a long-term construction project to build a new townhouse in its place. And his neighbors have a right to hate him for it.

This week, one snide East Village local spray painted the message "Ross is not cool" along the construction barrier surrounding Schwimmer's home, apparently in protest of the demolition. True, Schwimmer's Friends character was never really cool. Construction workers quickly painted over the graffiti anyway.

But Schwimmer is not the first celebrity to irritate his neighbors this year. According to their nearby residents…

Justin Bieber endangers kids and dogs with his reckless driving around the neighborhood, according to TMZOne neighbor told the tabloid that Bieber drives "unbelievably recklessly" through the neighborhood in his Ferrari, without a thought to children playing or people walking their dogs.

Ann Curry has been renovating her Manhattan brownstone for 10 years. Since she and her husband haven't moved in yet, they don't mind the commotion, but the couple living next door sure does. "I get very emotional when I think of her and what she put us through," the neighbor, Lynne Lummel, said.  

Chris Brown's giant monster graffiti is giving kids nightmares. The out-sized artwork on his modern home in the Hollywood Hills has parents up in arms. "There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they’re literally frightened," complained one resident. "It’s like devils on the wall -- big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to."  

James Franco doesn't bother to keep his trash under control. His neighbors have filed formal complaints with the L.A. Housing Department because his in-house film operations have created an enormous amount of trash. And it ends up on their property.  

What does Robert Frost say about neighbors again? Looks like it's time for some good fences!

Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.

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