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Ask Curbed: Points of (Obscured) View

Speaking of obscured views, a Curbed reader wonders what vertical city planning is doing to New Yorkers' psyche. To wit:

"How about a discussion on an endangered species— the apartment with a view (that will not be obstructed by future buildings). Can New Yorkers only count on having views if they're very wealthy, live in a landmarked building facing a park/square/river? How truly sad. What will this do to New yorkers psychologically? Have any of your readers already had their views cut-off by a new next-door condo giant?"
Have at it. Extra credit for before (Jersey skyline) and after (brick wall) photo sets.