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Protecting the Palisades
A Landscape Worth Defending: The New Jersey Palisades.
Photo by Anthony Taranta, courtesy PIPC Archives
In October 2011, the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, amended its zoning code to permit construction of buildings 150 feet in height in an area along the Palisades Interstate Park. The limit was previously 35 feet. The change would detrimentally impact this iconic and environmentally sensitive landscape. The park is listed as a National Historic Landmark and the Palisades are a National Natural Landmark. The suit was prompted by a proposal to build a new, 143-foot tall headquarters for LG Electronics. Read more.
Mourning the Death of a Historic Landscape? On November 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM more than 40 people turned up to protest LG Electronics breaking ground on its new corporate headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. The demonstration was quite the spectacle, with dozens of signs and even a rented hearse going back and forth in front of the building site, drawing attention to the death of the historic view of the Palisades. A steady stream of honks, waves, and cheers from passing vehicles showed beyond a doubt that the views of the protesters were shared by many of those who pass the site every day.
The proposed building still has to go through an appeals process before construction begins, but even if it does come to pass, this outpouring of public support for the Palisades was a powerful expression of public sentiment.
Make your views known.
- Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper, including:
The Record (Bergen County, NJ): firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Jersey residents, call or write to Gov. Christie.
- Visit the news articles linked below and leave your comments on the articles.
- Send an email to Wayne Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics North America: Click here for NRDC contact form , or mail a letter to Mr. Park at 1000 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; cc cc to John Taylor, Vice-president for Public Affairs.
- Spread the word. Share these links and this info with your friends, neighbors, and organizations you belong to.
Some possible talking points:
We understand LG may not have been aware of the 100-year-long legacy of preserving a precious landscape by citizens of both states.
This treasured landscape’s setting, respected for more than a century as a public trust, would now be violated for private gain by this giant maker of TVs and refrigerators seeking to display its brand.
Yet on its large 27-acre site, LG could provide the same amount of office space for the same number of jobs by choosing an alternative lower design that does not rise above the ridgeline. But so far, LG refuses to reconsider.
I join other protectors of the Palisades and urge LG Electronics to redesign its new office which, if built as currently planned, would desecrate an iconic American landmark.
Issue Updates :
December 13, 2013: Rally Planned in NYC Dec. 22
November 14, 2013: Opponents protest as LG celebrates beginning of work on Englewood Cliffs HQ
November 13, 2013: Protests planned at LG HQ groundbreaking on Nov. 14
October 9, 2013: The World Monuments Fund Lists Palisades in Report on At-Risk Cultural Heritage Sites (pdf). See p. 4 of WMF press release
September 4, 2013: Bergen freeholders support LG building plans
August 10, 2013: LG Wins New Jersey Court Approval to Build Atop Hudson Cliffs
July 30, 2013: Coalition Releases New Image Showing LG Impact on Palisades
July 30, 2013: Christie, Booker Stay Out of LG Fight
May 7, 2012: Protect the Palisades takes full-page ad in NY Times
April 17, 2013: Creskill Woman's Club Calls for Protection of "Our Palisades"
April 2, 2013: Trail Conference Executive Director: "Natural, Historic Legacies of Palisades Deserve Respect"
March 12, 2013: Judge orders mediation in LG Electronics building lawsuit
February 19, 2013: Sign the petition to protect the Palisades!
December 11, 2012: The Trail Conference Board of Directors voted to join a lawsuit against the Borough of Englewood Cliffs by the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs, Scenic Hudson, and two Trail Conference members.
Press Coverage & More
World Monuments Fund Lists Vista of the New Jersey Palisades as Endangered, Oct. 8, 2013, NY Times
Preservationists deem Palisades 'endangered,' oppose LG expansion plan, Oct. 8, 2013, The Record
Palisades cliffs 'at risk' list of historic sites says, Oct. 8, 2013, NJ.com
Trail Conference Executive Director's Opinion Piece in The Record, April 24, 2013: One tall building will impact the Palisades forever
See this excellent story, A view to behold, now to change?
Visit our coalition's website, Protect the Palisades for links to additional news stories and more.