The Hudson River Palisades and The Cloisters have been included on World Monuments Fund’s 2014 World Monuments Watch because of the threat posed by the plans by LG Electronics to build an enormous 143-foot-tall office complex atop these iconic cliffs. The new building would rise high above the ridgeline and spoil the dramatic natural beauty of this National Natural Landmark.
If constructed, the building would undo a century's worth of conservation efforts and violate a longtime public trust that has preserved the Palisades Interstate Park's unspoiled vistas sweeping northward from the George Washington Bridge. Included among the important sites that would be adversely affected is the historic Cloisters, which is directly across the Hudson River from the LG site.
To protect this heritage enjoyed by millions and the integrity of a National Natural Landmark, LG could build a low-rise alternative on its 27-acre site that would provide the same amount of office space and the same number of jobs, while respecting this treasured park landscape. But so far LG has refused to pursue such an option.
World Monuments Fund is deeply concerned that LG’s plans, if carried out, will forever destroy one of America’s most iconic vistas.
Please help protect the Palisades, and sign the petition below to urge LG Electronics USA to redesign its office plans so that its building does not tower above the ridgeline and spoil this extraordinary scenic and historic landmark.
The breathtaking view, an inspiration to 19th century Hudson River School artists, and undisturbed for more than 100 years, could be maintained if LG Electronics USA would build a low-rise alternative on the site.
I join World Monuments Fund in taking a stand for maintaining the unspoiled beauty of the Palisades, and I urge LG Electronics USA to revise the design of this complex, so that the historic vista and integrity of the Palisades, enjoyed by millions, remains intact.