For the past five months, NRDC has joined with a coalition of New York and New Jersey environmental and civic organizations to protect one of the most iconic scenic vistas in the nation – the Palisades Park.
LG Electronics has proposed to construct a 143-foot building in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, that would be the first office tower to rise above the ridgeline and tree line of the undeveloped cliffs of the Palisades, north of the George Washington Bridge along the Hudson River.
This building, if constructed, would destroy the unbroken natural vista that is not only a designated National Natural Landmark, but has been the heritage of the citizens of New Jersey, New York and the United States for more than 100 years. It would mar one of the few remaining natural places in the middle of the New York City metro area. And it could open the door for further high-rise development northward along the river.
Yesterday, the Protect the Palisades coalition took out a full-page ad in the Washington, D.C. edition of The New York Times to raise awareness over this critical fight. You can view the ad here.
Once subject to haphazard quarrying, the Palisades were saved initially through the efforts of a New Jersey women’s federation and the intervention of Theodore Roosevelt, then-governor of New York. Their success was followed by the acquisition of the Palisades north of the George Washington Bridge.
As part of this essential preservation effort, NRDC and the Protect the Palisades coalition is calling on LG Electronics to construct a low-rise alternative on its 27-acre lot. Doing so would allow the corporation the same amount of office space to support the same number of jobs, while respecting this treasured park landscape and historic view.
You can add your voice to this fight by telling LG to redesign its building by taking action here.
Please stay tuned for more updates on this critical issue. And in the meantime, you can learn more about this coalition at http://www.protectthepalisades.org. You can also find Protect the Palisades on Facebook and Twitter.