As to the way screenshots appear, are you making use of the Image symbol or merely the link one?
Tonight, I will try and fly Long Island and post some screenshots of what I see.
If they still reflect what I have previously experienced, that may tend to rule out MSE2 as the cause or sole cause because that is the one element common to the three of us. The elements common to you and Norm but not to me are the OS and flight sim platform. That is why it would be good to hear from anyone with MSE2 New York plus one or both of Win 10 and Prepar3d. That way, a process of elimination of possible causes could be furthered.
If I had to experience what you and Norm have, I would also be dissatisfied and would give up flying in that area, rather than persevering with that type of visual outcome.