Urban Condo life: you never know what you’ll see outside your window

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities


From coast to coast, it’s one shocking report after another.

It turns out high rise condo living does not guarantee your privacy nor great views.

At El Cortez, a landmark condo tower in historic downtown San Diego, residents have reported a suspicious drone hovering outside, apparently peering into the windows of their units. According to KGTV 10 News, the “peeping tom” has been spotted outside several downtown buildings, within a drone-free zone near the International Airport.


Downtown San Diego high rise residents fear a peeping tom is using a drone

By Joe Little
5:24 PM, Oct 13, 2017
7:08 PM, Oct 13, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said downtown San Diego high rise residents should contact police if they see a drone flying outside their window. Dozens of people have posted on the Nextdoor App about seeing a drone spying inside their windows during the past two weeks.

“My wife started yelling about some drone blinking lights outside of our window and then we saw the drone move from window to window and back and forth,” said Adrian Reyes, the HOA President at the El Cortez. “I was trying to find a golf club to try to hit it out of the window.”

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Could there be a logical explanation for the drone flying so close to condo buildings? Sometimes real estate companies use aerial videos for promotional videos. But seeing a drone move from window to window is enough to creep anyone out.



Meanwhile, on the east coast, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, owners and residents of 5th Avenue million-dollar condos with sweeping views of Marcus Garvey Park have been filing police reports, complaining of people engaging in sexual acts, in broad daylight, in the public park.

Apparently the lewd and voyeuristic activity has been going on in a grassy knoll of the public park for decades.

In recent history, Harlem has been improved with luxury housing and a vibrant art scene. Some say the neighborhood has been gentrified.

But now the – er, recreational activity – that regularly takes place in a remote section of Marcus Garvey Park not visible from street level, is clearly visible from the balconies of towering condominiums to the south.

Not exactly the kind of views condo residents were expecting. I suppose buyers could have done some due diligence, checking out local police reports in the area before purchase. But perhaps the new, well-heeled owners assumed that the park had already been cleaned up and transformed, just as the shiny new condos on their street.

Warning: the following article contains some edited but graphic language.

Million-Dollar Condos Offer Sweeping Views of Public Sex in Harlem Park

By Gustavo Solis | October 16, 2017  7:28 AM

DNA Info (New York)

HARLEM — Marie Gelot didn’t realize what an eyeful she’d get when she bought her million-dollar apartment overlooking Marcus Garvey Park.

Beside the sweeping views of the Birch, Maple and Sweetgum trees that fill the park, she can often see men and women having sex there in broad daylight.

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