A view of the Palisades from Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan. The riverbank, cliff columns and the vista have been cherished and protected by philanthropists, civic activists and environmentalists for more than a century. (Photo: Karsten Moran | NY Times)
For nearly all their 200 million years, the Palisades cliffs were not disturbed by the arrival and extinction of dinosaurs, the formation of the Grand Canyon, or millenniums of human settlement along the Hudson River.
This Tuesday, however, is at least the third time in 125 years that the cliffs north of the George Washington Bridge have been saved from development or destruction.
LG, the South Korean conglomerate, has agreed to reduce the height of a tower it was planning to build for its North American headquarters on the cliffs by about half, largely preserving the sweeping horizon over the Palisades Interstate Park. Instead of rising 143 feet, its new building will be just under 70 feet high, the company announced in a statement it released on Tuesday with five conservation and environmental groups that had opposed the original design.
As redesigned, the LG headquarters would still be twice as high as nearly all buildings along the Palisades north of the bridge, where the riverbank, cliff columns and the vista have been cherished and protected by philanthropists, civic activists and environmentalists for more than a century.
Read more: LG to Reduce Height of Headquarters, Preserving Palisades Horizon | NY Times