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Article - Bruce Bronster Quoted in New York Times "Ask Real Estate: Blinded by the Neighbor's Light"
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 | The New York Times

The September 5, 2014 edition of The New York Times' weekly "Ask Real Estate" column featured insight from Bruce Bronster (Partner, New York) in response to the following question about dealing with a neighbor's blinding backyard lighting:

Q. My wife and I live on the ground floor of a duplex in Harlem. Our next-door neighbor recently installed hideous outdoor lights about 10 feet high above his backyard door. He has bright, energy-saving bulbs that flood our serene backyard like a hundred neon signs in Times Square. The neighbor frequently leaves them on for days and sometimes switches them on when he sees us sitting outside at night. We've asked him kindly to switch them off when he's not in the backyard, but he ignores us. Even if we raised our fence to the maximum height of eight feet, it would not solve the problem, since his lights reach higher. Do we have any legal recourse?

Bruce offers the following advice:

  • "If someone has their lights on and they shine at you, you don't have a right to stop them."
  • "Send him four tickets to a Yankee game and say, 'Can you point it in a different direction? There's got to be a better way than going to court."

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