We don’t have to love our neighbors, but life is most certainly less stressful when they’re easy to get along with. But as we all know, this is not always the case, and in several instances in New York’s turbulent history, a friendly local feud has resulted in some rancor constructions—or what’s better known today as “spite houses.”
According to Wikipedia, a spite house is a building constructed or modified to irritate neighbors or any party with land stakes. While this definition illustrates the basic concepts of the act, it doesn’t quite capture the vengeful spirit that powers it. With that said, we’ve perused the archives and put together a quick history lesson featuring a few famous examples of spiteful architecture that’s risen in New York over the past centuries.