"Having to live in someone else’s shadow is one of the risks of being a New Yorker," observes Cara Buckley. "Yet for untold thousands, this vexing state of affairs is literally true. In a city forever sprouting new buildings, the quest to reach higher often comes at the cost of stealing somebody else’s light."
"While the short-term effects of this are aggravating enough — rare is the person who enjoys living alongside a construction site — the long-term effects feel grimmer when people end up losing their view and their light. It spills to the streets, ending languorous hours whiled away on sunny stoops or sun-brightened gardens, as happened near 150 Charles."