From the NY Post:
Residents of a small apartment building in College Point, Queens, say that instead of erecting trellises to protect their privacy, their neighbors put up a metal monstrosity.
The wall is at the edge of a private house at 14-17 College Point Blvd. Next-door neighbors, at No. 14-21, can reach out and touch the offending wall, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Queens Supreme Court.
One affected apartment-dweller, who identified himself as William, said homeowners Donald, Charles and Carol Weidel built the wall to keep prying eyes away from their party lifestyle.
Aside from blocking light and curtailing ventilation, the wall is a safety hazard, he said, because it's so close that no one could get out through a window in an emergency.
The owner of the apartment building, C.P.Y. Realty, said in court papers that the wall made the apartments uninhabitable.
William, who lives in the building with his wife, Luz Ayala, agreed, saying the wall blocks two of his three windows, and his utility bill has gone up $200 a month because he has to run extra lights and a fan to compensate.
C.P.Y. is seeking $2 million in damages and an order to tear down the wall.