August 15, 2011 7:04am PT by Lindsay Powers
Ann Curry's $2.9 Million NYC Brownstone Occupied by Homeless Squatter
A homeless man has been squatting in Ann Curry's unoccupied $2.9 million NYC brownstone for about a year.
"I'm not a drug addict; I just don't have a place to sleep," the man, who refused to give his name or age, told the New York Post on Saturday.
"Ann Curry means crap to me!" he added. "The reason I lived there was because they chased me out of Central Park."
"I'll go back if someone says, 'Here's the key. Maintain the building,'" he went on.
Because police found the man sleeping in the vestibule — and not completely inside the building -- he was taken to a homeless shelter instead of jail.
On Sunday, the Post spotted the man again near the Today co-anchor’s 3,700-square-foot Upper West Side home, which she bought with her husband, Brian Ross, in 2003. (They abandoned an extensive renovation project that included building an 18-foot penthouse on top after receiving numerous building-code violations, and currently live in Gramercy Park.)
The man -- who was carrying a big, yellow umbrella and a rolling suitcase amid record rainfalls -- did not go inside.
"I find this is the most suburban street on the Upper West Side, and yet we have what looks like a foreclosed property next door," neighbor Michelle Mendoza sniped to the Post.
An NBC spokesperson says, "Ann Curry is currently traveling to Africa to cover the humanitarian crisis and could not be reached for comment."