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Former Govs and LG Clash Over the Palisades

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

LG has started work on its new high-rise headquarters near the Palisades in New Jersey. Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey governor and EPA administrator, co-chair of CASEnergy Coalition, a nuclear power advocacy group and president of Whitman Strategy Group, explains why she is against the project, which she says will spoil the natural beauty and view of the Palisades – “sticking up like a thumb in the middle of a green swath.”

Then: John Taylor, vice president of public affairs for LG Electronics USA, defends LG's plans to build its (tall) new US headquarters.

On today’s show, Whitman said she’s sensitive to the need for jobs, but that it’s not a question of whether LG should build its headquarters or not – it’s a matter of how the building is designed. “They [LG] could lay the building on its side and create the same amount of space for its employees,” she said. Whitman worried that if LG builds above the tree line, it will be a slippery slope and lead to more tall buildings near the Palisades. “I can see developers looking at this as a prime area of development,” she said. “And they’d want to go up, so they can have that view.”

Later on the show, Taylor responded to Whitman’s critique of the building. He said the building will be environmentally sound and will “protect the Palisades” and that the building is going to reduce runoff. “We love the Palisades and would never do anything to harm them,” he said. Taylor also pointed out that demolition on the project site is already underway, and that New Jersey needs the jobs this will provide – both in construction and at LG – right away. He said the process has been in the works for seven years and that LG doesn’t have time to change its plans.

“Would it be possible to build it shorter and fatter? Indeed,” he said. “But it will take years to re-design the building, go through all the approval processes again.” And the bottom line? “That frankly will not meet our business needs.” 

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John Taylor and Christine Todd Whitman

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Comments [88]

Wendy from Hackensack

They shouldn't build there. It's nice scenery, as the picture shows. If the developers start building, soon the whole place will be gone.

Jun. 22 2014 11:54 PM
sarahct

I wouldn't be surprised if there are some corruption at least at the building department level of EC town. The new highrise building in Fort Lee is already an eyesore and the new LG building on the other side of the palisades would be even worse.

May. 01 2014 11:19 AM
Joan from NYC

Please ask the question about the labor conditions: I seriously doubt the number of jobs projected by the trade unions who have objected and of immediate importance is the question of how many of those jobs will actually be union--the majority of construction in NJ has NOT been union and many 'union' jobs bring in a few union workers and then sub contract.

May. 01 2014 11:09 AM
Joe Montini

Boycott LG and come to the "MEETING"

Wednesday, April 30at 7:30pm

10 Kahn Terrace, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
In an after-the-fact attempt to justify its approval of LG's 143-foot tower, the Englewood Cliffs Planning Board wants to redo its master plan, a move which would forever erase the zoning rules that limit buildings close behind the Palisades to 35 feet. (For background: http://bit.ly/Ocev1s.)

THIS PUBLIC HEARING IS OUR BEST CHANCE TO TELL ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS TO PRESERVE THE PALISADES!

We need everyone who cares about the Palisades to let Englewood Cliffs, a town of just 5,281 people, know it can't ruin the Palisades for the millions who treasure it. It made a bad move when it granted variances for LG's new headquarters, and now it wants to make things worse. A changed master plan would not only allow for LG's tower, but it would also open the door for more high-rise development along the Palisades.

Please join us at 7:30pm on April 30 to tell Englewood Cliffs enough is enough!

(Note: The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers in the Englewood Cliffs Municipal Building Complex at Stephans Terrace and Hudson Terrace.)

Apr. 12 2014 12:16 PM
Joe Montini from 07605

Boycott LG and come to the "MEETING"
Wednesday, April 30at 7:30pm

10 Kahn Terrace, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
In an after-the-fact attempt to justify its approval of LG's 143-foot tower, the Englewood Cliffs Planning Board wants to redo its master plan, a move which would forever erase the zoning rules that limit buildings close behind the Palisades to 35 feet. (For background: http://bit.ly/Ocev1s.)

THIS PUBLIC HEARING IS OUR BEST CHANCE TO TELL ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS TO PRESERVE THE PALISADES!

We need everyone who cares about the Palisades to let Englewood Cliffs, a town of just 5,281 people, know it can't ruin the Palisades for the millions who treasure it. It made a bad move when it granted variances for LG's new headquarters, and now it wants to make things worse. A changed master plan would not only allow for LG's tower, but it would also open the door for more high-rise development along the Palisades.

Please join us at 7:30pm on April 30 to tell Englewood Cliffs enough is enough!

(Note: The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers in the Englewood Cliffs Municipal Building Complex at Stephans Terrace and Hudson Terrace.)

Apr. 12 2014 10:39 AM
Sondra Wolferman from Albrightsville, PA

It took 200 million years for nature to create what is today the most dramatic geologic feature in the Lower Hudson Valley. John Taylor of LG Electronics says: The process has been in the works for seven years and LG doesn't have time to change its plans. What small minds these people have!

Apr. 11 2014 02:31 PM
Jennifer Rothschild from Bergen County, NJ

Great piece on a significant and timely issue! It is important that everyone realize that all that would be required to put this issue to bed, would be a reduction in height of the proposed building to 65 feet maximum, in order to stay below the Palisades Ridge tree line. That height would still be 30 feet above what was originally the maximum height allowed for buildings in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Several other multinational corporations have placed their headquarters in Englewood Cliffs and have observed the 35 foot height restriction. LG's substantial deviation from the zoning height limit should never have been approved. LG: there is still time for you to make the right decision and win back the goodwill of the American people. Please build low and respect the beautiful Palisades. This generation and future generations will thank you for it!

Apr. 10 2014 06:43 PM
Chris

What an outrage. A private company wants to build on its own property.

NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY! NIMBY!

Just have them cancel the project. I'm sure some other state, like Texas or Pennsylvania, will happily take 1,000+ high paid white collar jobs.

Apr. 10 2014 06:17 PM
Rosalind from NYC

I've just listened to the podcast of the interview with the LG representative. It really seems to boil down to the philosophy that the right/good of the individual (in this case the individual corporation) outweighs the rights/good of the many. Unfortunately LG electronics is not the only corporation with this sensibility. I think this way of looking at things reflects a larger problem in our society in general. The question is how do we change this?

Apr. 10 2014 04:14 PM
PegfromRockland from Rockland NY

Thanks Brian-everyone post on their site & boycott L G get involved Scenic Hudson
http ://lgenglewoodcliffs.com/project
http://www.scenichudson.org/news/article/scenic-hudson-pressures-lg-preserve-iconic-palisades-views/2013-01-30
Shame on LG!

Apr. 10 2014 01:42 PM
Louise Katz from Washington Heights, NYC

Would it be possible to get Englewood Cliffs to rescind the permit that they passed for the only reason of LG's lies and the taxes they hope to get? After the boycott of LG products (which is clear to be overwhelming) LG may not need even half the space that they envision -143 feet above the beautiful Palisades.

They can get the same tax base if the buildings were below the tree level but contained equivelant area!

Apr. 10 2014 12:40 PM
rich zee from Riverdale

I live in Riverdale, up high, facing north, and overlooking the Hudson. With regard to the LG building, I'd just like to point out that there are already four nasty looking data transmission towers already spoiling the "pristine" Palisades skyline. One is so tall it has a flashing airplane warning beacon. In front of it is a sinister looking radar type dome. I don't care one way or the other, I just hope it's an attractive building.

Apr. 10 2014 09:08 AM

Who are the yahoos who approved this scheme. Out them and fire them.

Apr. 10 2014 08:26 AM
Canterbury Tails from Ramsey

Once again, Mr Taylor is being arrogant. Truly, LG is NOT a consumer-friendly business or a good neighbor, and doubtfully, has Mr Taylor spent any amount of time outside his corporate tower to view the splendor of the Palisades. The millions of years it took nature to carve the Palisades will be destroyed by Mr Taylor's short-sightedness, stubborn, and greedy. What he doesn't understand that long after LG becomes defunct and forgotten, nature will go on to have her way.

Apr. 09 2014 08:46 PM
Rhubarbpie from New York

I guess Rachek from Riverdale has reviewed the bank accounts of everyone who objects to the LG project! I've met many of the people working against this project, and they're from all walks of life and appear to be from a variety of income levels.

Apr. 09 2014 04:38 PM
Sam from NYC

I will no longer purchase any LG Products, and I am a well-off consumer who owns smartphones, tablets, laptops, home appliances, you name it. Here me loud and clear, LG: building this tower will cost you business.

The obnoxious nature of the tower itself aside, I found John Taylor's comments to be arrogant, dishonest, and downright insulting. He actually made the claim that you won't even be able to see the tower "from the river". Unfortunately the vast majority of us breathe oxygen and don't actually live in the river itself. So yes, Mr. Taylor, us land-dwelling mammals will most certainly be able to see the tower. Let's use the sight of it as a reminder to never buy your products again.

Apr. 09 2014 04:36 PM
Margaret from UWS Manhattan

You admittedly do have the space to build horizontally, but want your own nice view. Build low, and include a rooftop park. Build to carry the weight of soil, plants, and people congregating. For maximum natural light, include skylights. If you must build an intrusion into the view of Nature that many oppose, at least cover the building with greenery. Include attachments for climbing vines in the design of the building face. It might be an annual maintenance chore to remove off-season vines - which should be donated to the Parks Dept. and/or local tree stewards,for mulch.// Silly, disingenuous "it depends on where you're standing" whether the view is intruded on - from a point horizontally from the tree tops, or above, is what plain language means.// How would the same volume of space, shaped alternately, not meet the company's requirements?// Long-term effect should take precedence over short-term, temporary, job possibilities.

Apr. 09 2014 03:51 PM
Robyn from Washington Heights

Tell LG exactly what you think of their new headquarters directly on their own website for the project: http://lgenglewoodcliffs.com/project-history/

Shame on LG!

Apr. 09 2014 03:46 PM
Robert H. Feuchter from Jamaica Estates, N.Y.

John Taylor sounds like the announcer for all the Law and Order shows. And his robotic responses demonstrate the same rigidity.

Happily the new LG tower will be a constant reminder to buy products from the company's competitors.

Apr. 09 2014 03:39 PM
Patti Clancy

I was struck by Mr. Taylor's arrogant and inflexible responses to the objections of those who enjoy the present unblemished landscape of the proposed site. The bottom line is, thanks to people like Mr. Taylor, the world we live and work in has very few "pure" views of nature. As a businessman he might be able to understand that what is rare has a higher value.

Apr. 09 2014 02:29 PM
Paul from UWS

John Taylor: "Would it be possible to build it shorter, and fatter? Indeed. But, uh… the opposition would lead you to believe that would be a simple matter. It will take years…"

While Mr. Taylor so 'flatteringly' described LG headquarters' potential redesign as "short and fat," it very clearly states LG's intention to violate the tree line from the outset. Barreling ahead with an inconsiderate design, and then crying that "well, we can't stop now..." when questioned on it's merits and impact, is no way to make friends.

So Mr. Taylor, kudos to your selfish, dismissive middle finger to 100+ years of respect to the environment, to your neighbors on both sides of the Hudson, and to the Rockefeller family itself.

What an ego.

Apr. 09 2014 01:43 PM
Molly T from Palisades

@ Brian Lehrer - you are SO DANG AWESOME, btw!! The way you handled John Taylor on air was BRILLIANT. YOU are brilliant. Arguably the most incredible media treasure out there, period! Just needed to send some long overdue love...

Apr. 09 2014 12:46 PM
Me, NYC

P.S. Shouldn't this type of obstructive construction be illegal? - Having the legal system truly representing the people? Upon what ethics can we really depend anymore?

Apr. 09 2014 12:44 PM
Betty Greenfield from Bronx

The proposed LG development threatens a death blow to the Bi-State Palisade Park Commission and its almost century old effort to preserve a regional environmental treasure.

If LG's narrow local economic benefit argument stands, any company will be entitled to violate the magnificent views north of the GW Bridge protected till now by the bi-state compact and regional plans endorsed by communities and environmental organizations for generations.

As a former Executive Director of Wave Hill, a New York City public cultural institution in the Riverdale area of The Bronx, visited by thousands for the enjoyment of its views of the Palisades across the river,
I call on the courts and the States of New York and New Jersey to stop this ill-advised project.

Apr. 09 2014 12:39 PM
Molly T from Palisades

Huge erections imposing themselves into defenseless places? I'm pretty sure that's considered a criminal offense punishable by law.

@ Joan re: the 11th hour - you're absolutely right! HAD WE, THE PEOPLE, KNOWN anything about LG's building plans before now, we might have had time to rally and organize around the resistance!

WHY NOW, Whitman?? Why didn't you put this to the public forum when you first learned about LG's plans...SEVEN YEARS AGO??

I am so angry. AND SO OVER feeling helpless against the typhoon of CORPORATE-POLITICAL GREED!!! I would fill this post with all kinds of expletives if it were allowable.

Hey LG, which pay grade will be benefitting from the new view anyway? Just curious.

Apr. 09 2014 12:32 PM
Joe Montini from 07605

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/blog/saving-the-palisades-again/

Apr. 09 2014 12:31 PM
Kate Sullivan from 11215

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=298575898

Apr. 09 2014 12:23 PM
richard from piscataway, nj

"Smells like jobs!!" "Economic Development!" "Jobs" "Green"
How phony can you get!

Goes along with a noble line of double speak....BP, "Beyond Petroleum"

Bush's "Clear Skies" and "Healthy Forests".

Mr. Taylor can't even muster any conviction.

Apr. 09 2014 12:23 PM
Maddy

A sad sad day! Too bad LG does not see the big picture, "NEIGHBORS" potential non-customers in the most populated area in the east coast. HMMM

Apr. 09 2014 12:20 PM
Erica from NYC

For those of you who want to take action, or just find out more about this issue, please head over to protectthepalisades.org. When you see how many diverse voices are united in opposition to the LG tower (yeah, it IS a tower Mr. Taylor) it makes LG's hubris that much more astonishing.

Apr. 09 2014 12:19 PM
lucy

We have given up incredible amounts of resource and land (globally) under the pretense of trading it for jobs. This has not improved individual quality of life or job security in so many of the affected communities in the long term, particularly when considering the losses that are not at first glance economic. West Virginia, for example, has been literally stripped and gutted under this pretense. Many people there still hold on to the false promise of economic security. And, you need only visit (or drink the water) to see that this security has been compromised. One of the reasons we moved near the Palisades is because of the beauty, trees, space and many immeasurable benefits these protected swaths of land (and views) offer. The arrogance and dismissiveness of LG regarding the merit of those who are opposed to this project makes my stomach hurt. And, the fact that they hide behind a guise of supplying jobs (and caring) leaves me outraged.

Apr. 09 2014 12:18 PM

Well that just knocked LG off the list for my new refrigerator and washer.

Apr. 09 2014 12:15 PM
Lee from Bergen County

If everyone boycotts LG (as I think they should), the company won't need larger headquarters.

Apr. 09 2014 12:13 PM
serheev from piscataway, nuj

So frustrating listening to Mr. PR and his total unconcern for what this will destroy.

Can I dump any of my LG purchases somewhere? I'm willing to do it....
somewhere in front of another LG building....how big a pile can we all make
to get their attention???

Apr. 09 2014 12:10 PM
Jerry Phelan from Manhattan

After listening to the spokesman from LG, I believe that the only language that LG will understand is a boycott of LG products. Last year I was unaware of this matter when I bought a new LG refrigerator. I regret that purchase now. Perhaps a wider boycott is necessary, one that includes all Korean products. I also bought a Hyundai automobile last year last. If LG continues with its current plan in Englewood Cliffs, I will buy no more Korean products.

Apr. 09 2014 12:09 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

LG's hubris reflects that of Chris Christie; faced with opposition and questioning about their actions, they're merely doubling down on the defiance. They'll pay for it.

Perhaps the words of concern should be brought, loudly, to the parent company in Korea.

Apr. 09 2014 12:08 PM

Wikipedia says lg has a bad environmental record in other cases also

Apr. 09 2014 12:06 PM
drs from nyc

It's time for an all-out and well publicized boycott of all LG products. Any action on the part of the public must be directed at LG and the stores that carry LG products. Impacting the corporations bottom lines is the only thing that will register.

Apr. 09 2014 12:02 PM
Bob from Caldwell

The power of money to promote corporate greed in an inappropriate space is all over this issue. After hearing LG's side of the story and its arrogant boast that no consideration will be given to a redesign is appalling. You won't find me buying any LG products.

Apr. 09 2014 12:01 PM
mimmia from Flushing

Reading the other comments, am guessing LG would have sold more product and "created" more jobs without the tower. I was going to say the same....have cancelled the LG orders for my kitchen re-model. As for public relations......here is a helpful hint: that PR talk is nakedly manipulative; and widely seen as such. I suggest that a consumer product company might pay attention to consumer response and update to effective communication and ethical(somewhere beyond "legal") behavior.

Apr. 09 2014 12:01 PM
frances from Manhattan

The Palisades were an integral part of my childhood - combined with the majestic Hudson River, they should have been declared an international world treasure a long time ago. This is a rare geological sight, these rocks that are volcanic upheavals. But I have to add that Mr. Lehrer's excellent questions and challenges were sadly lacking when it came to the view on the East River, where the confluence of the two estuaries - East & Harlem River,
as they pass under the Triboro and Hellgate bridges is one of the loveliest, most incredible views in all Manhattan and it will be all but destroyed by the 10-story garbage station Mayor De Blasio is building at 91s Street & the FDR.Where are your questions, Mr. Lehrer, for the Sanitation Department and for the Environmental Protection Agency and the other organizations concerned with health, safety and true environmental justice?

Apr. 09 2014 11:56 AM
Kristy from UES

Quite possibly the worst public affairs rep I've heard in my life. We don't want to change was basically his refrain. Pointing out 2200 construction jobs (that will disappear in just three years when they're done building) doesn't help his cause. Saying that they need this building because they're "consolidating operations" just means they're firing people elsewhere and moving people from elsewhere, not bringing new jobs to NJ. Ridiculously short-sighted. The destruction will be looked at the same way as the destruction of Penn Station and LG will be forever linked to it.

Have never bought LG, never will buy LG.

Apr. 09 2014 11:55 AM
Bert from Brooklyn

How can this possibly serve LG in the long run? LG may now be able to cut it's advertising budget as nothing will be able to repair the ill will that this cultural mistake will engender. Customers vote with every dollar spent with LG's competitors.

Apr. 09 2014 11:54 AM
Bruce from midtown manhattan

Wow, that LG VP was appalling! I'm all for boycotting LG now!

Apr. 09 2014 11:54 AM
Bo from Granville, NY

The contempt that the LG spokesperson showed for "organized labor" and the findings of the courts was stunning. The arrogance of his "we're going to do what we need to do" no matter what the courts say makes me sincerely wish for the tumbrels and the guillotine!

Apr. 09 2014 11:53 AM
Chris in Manhattan

Gov Whitman seemed to be surprisingly unfamiliar with a longstanding legal precedent that gives the public or environmental groups standing to protect public viewsheds. This was established in 1965, when Con Edison attempted to construct a pumped storage electric generation station on Storm King Mountain, on the Hudson River in Cornwall, NY. Scenic Hudson prevailed then and hopefully will prevail again, together with other environmental advocacy groups, against the LG building.

Apr. 09 2014 11:53 AM
Me. NYC

OUTRAGEOUS. GREED AND SELFISHNESS. BOYCOTT LG!!! NO ONE should have the right to mame a treasure like the Palisades which brings so much reprieve and awe to so many, particularly when it is not an imperative and should not have been conceived of in the first place. It is an act of violence, insufferable egocentricity and completely inhumanitarian. Not only will this set a precedent, but it blocks the joy OF SO MANY for so few. C'mon!!! Is there no end in sight. Anyone with a conscious would never begin such a avacricious project. That's the problem - consciousness. How do we turn around this great wheel?

Apr. 09 2014 11:52 AM
Lansing Moore from NYC

Let's not forget that this Palisades landscape has a seminal place in the history of American painting. Once you break the dam this area will be developed and ruined forever.

And, am I the only one who thinks the representative from LG doesn't belong in public relations?

Apr. 09 2014 11:51 AM
Joan from NJ

LG should be boycott. Their spokesperson pushed simplistic buttons that anyone could write for him. A lower building on a large campus (which they have) would work fine, and like all construction projects there are contingency plans for other building designs. The quote 'delay' in construction will not be what he states.

Also he argues that the opposition came in at the 11th hour. Hello! if we knew we would have been there earlier

Apr. 09 2014 11:49 AM
Charlie from Tenafly NJ

I'm live in Tenafly, a mile up the road from LG. Their need to show off with their huge erection above the tree line in our neighborhood is ugly corporate greed and callousness at its worst. I say boycott LG until they recognize that some things are more important than their self image. In fact, most things are more important than their self image, starting with respect for the beauty of our natural surroundings and sensitivity to your community

Apr. 09 2014 11:49 AM
Ken from Soho

Let's boycott all products of LG Electronics until they agree to redesign their tower into a lower building!

Apr. 09 2014 11:49 AM
edneff from oak r

as a resident of New Jersey familiar how things are done here, I can tell you with virtually 100% assurance that the LG building will be built as planned. Shameful, yes. Unusual? Not at all.

Apr. 09 2014 11:48 AM
eric from Riverdale

I hope they place a big red LG at the top of the building in order to remind people who sullied a landscape that has been preserved for over a century. I am certainly never going to buy an LG product ever again.

Apr. 09 2014 11:47 AM
Ryan W from Edison, NJ

NO other company has been allowed to build at this height! Why should they? I will never consider buying another LG product ever again. This is ridiculous... I wonder how much LG paid off Whitman under the table. Corruption at its best I am sure.

Apr. 09 2014 11:45 AM
ph

I'm so sick of these "brings construction jobs!" Who cares about temporary construction jobs?? Construction jobs is the fake carrot they always dangle along for every construction project. The same excuse they use to build thousands of homes that are underwater now. The same excuse they use to build expensive stadiums that a city doesn't need.

Apr. 09 2014 11:44 AM
Jan

I can't imagine buying an LG product after this.

Apr. 09 2014 11:43 AM
emjayay from Brooklyn

What do you expect from a corporate PR guy? This is what you get.

Will barely show above the tree line? OK, make it a little shorter.

Every one of his arguments is specious. Now he's arguing that it has to be built this way because they designed it that way already.

Obviously there should be actual zoning, not some gentleman's agreement.

Brian Lehrer is as usual far too polite.

Apr. 09 2014 11:43 AM
Barb from NYC

LG just does not care. That's the bottom line. To hell with LG!

Apr. 09 2014 11:43 AM
Amy from Manhattan

If it's "only" 8 stories, as Mr. Taylor said, it won't take up that much more land to build it sideways. When I heard that claim during the 1st part of this segment, I was picturing something more like the 40-story tower in Ft. Lee (which, BTW, *is* south of the bridge).

Apr. 09 2014 11:42 AM
Barb from NYC

Oh, give me a break re: creating construction jobs. That's not why they're doing this. That's smoke and mirrors to distract from their trashing of our shared beautiful environment.

LG is full of it.

Apr. 09 2014 11:42 AM

So it takes a couple of years. Who cares? The palisades took thousands of years, and the view will be ruined forever. I understand his frustration if the opposition came at the end, but perhaps no one could have imagined that such an outrage would have been allowed. Thank you, Brian, for your tough questioning.

Apr. 09 2014 11:42 AM
Migraine28 from NYC

This guy from LG is a total hack. He should lose his job for his poor lack of communication skills.

Apr. 09 2014 11:42 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Pointing south to Ft. Lee and their building heights is a weak argument. The Palisades are north of the GWB and comprise contiguous green vistas for miles. Building to this height is merely vanity, given LG's plans. Their claims of "open space" doesn't really matter to "the community" because it won't be public open space--that's akin to a country club.

This is a ridiculous project, with ridiculous rationale. If LG was really dedicated to anything "green," they'd bury some of their ops--even parking--under ground. Threatening jobs and "economic benefits" is mere bullying.

Everyone will remember the LG brand associated with this bad decision. Sales will suffer. I certainly won't buy any of their products, ever. Thank jah for choice!

Apr. 09 2014 11:41 AM
Leah from Manhattan

Wow. Is this - a condescending scolding in vague terms from a man who sounds like he'd rather be getting a root canal - is the best LG can do for public relations?

Stick to making TVs, guys - your microwaves and dishwashers are as faulty as your logic on this one.

Apr. 09 2014 11:41 AM
Ben from Brooklyn

This is NOT merely about the views of people on the Hudson or about the view of a wealthy apartment culture.

If you look at California's Highway 1 as an analog, they made a decision NOT to let people develop on the California coast. And for this reason, anyone can drive along Highway 1 and enjoy the unbroken view. There are exceptions, but they are few.

And because of this, they get Billions in tourism revenue from people who enjoy that view.

One cannot imagine how much uglier the lower Hudson would be if builders are allowed to do anything there in the name of "creating jobs."

Destroy your scenery and you will be surprised at how much less attractive the Hudson will become. Not just to people with views, but to every visitor who takes the Circle Line, takes the Metro North Hudson Line, goes up to Bear Mountain, or visits the Cloisters. Now, in ten years, and forever.

Apr. 09 2014 11:41 AM
Bob from Huntington

Boycott LG, folks.

Apr. 09 2014 11:40 AM
Barb from NYC

Why can't they build a lower building? He just admitted they can, with a delay. Let's forget about the "short term", OK, Mr?

Apr. 09 2014 11:40 AM
Jack from Manhattan

Boycott LG. Simple as that.

And the neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights are far from "rich"; not even close. I know. I live there.

Apr. 09 2014 11:40 AM

As a former LG employee, this office building will not "add" more jobs. Sony has downsized in the Mahwah area. Panasonic has created a new building in Newark, and has laid off a good portion of the staff. John Taylor, while an excellent spokesperson for LG, must understand that LG as a company employs a majority of Korean staff, and this will not add to the employment of the area. They would be a good neighbor to build in a way that is compliant to the area.

Apr. 09 2014 11:40 AM
Becky

OMG this LG guy keeps bringing up red herrings and won't answer any questions. what a jerk. Boycotting LG!

Apr. 09 2014 11:40 AM
TonyJ from Downtown east

Natural wonders are natural wonders, and they need to remain inviolate.
What LG is proposing is criminal.

Apr. 09 2014 11:39 AM

Boycott lg

Apr. 09 2014 11:39 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Rachek, it's not rich people's views. The agreement was originally made to preserve the view from the parks in Washington Hts. & Inwood, which are accessible for everyone.

Apr. 09 2014 11:38 AM
carolita from Inwood

You can TOTALLY see that tower from the Cloisters. I see it from even below the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

Apr. 09 2014 11:38 AM

LG spokesman says "green", "environmentally sound", "green", "green", "environmentally sound".

has the public outrage changed yet? how many more times do i have to say "green"?

Apr. 09 2014 11:38 AM

Sorry, John. "It's a matter of perspective..." is not a good answer. "Ft. Lee does it" is not a good answer either.

You fail. Change the design or LG can kiss my dollars good-bye.

Apr. 09 2014 11:37 AM
Tony from Canarsie

The pomposity, it hurts!

Apr. 09 2014 11:37 AM

codify it in law then before they build it and then tell LG to abide by the law.

Apr. 09 2014 11:36 AM

LG will say anything to get their way.

Apr. 09 2014 11:35 AM
Barb from NYC

And how many people will STOP doing business with LG should they go forward with this reckless plan? Hopefully lots, with me as one of them.

Apr. 09 2014 11:35 AM
Amy from Manhattan

There's already a bldg. recently built that looks taller than the GWB tower & is very close to it--is that the one you were talking about in the Englewood Cliffs part of the conversation? I missed part of that (& it is south of the bridge).

Apr. 09 2014 11:35 AM
Daniel from UWS

Route 9W through the Palisades is also one of the largest cycling routes in the area for bikers riding out of NYC and up through New Jersey. NYC remains livable because we have places like this to ride our bikes and get out of dense Manhattan. This is going to create more traffic, and ruin one of the few truly beautiful riding spots in New York .

Apr. 09 2014 11:35 AM

This is a total outrage. Let me know how to fight this. How do I boycott LG?

Apr. 09 2014 11:33 AM
Kate from Riverdale

I urge everyone to boycott LG from now until forever unless they reconsider. I know I will

Apr. 09 2014 11:27 AM
Barb from NYC

What's wrong with LG? Haven't they ever heard of public relations?

Apr. 09 2014 11:24 AM

@Seth

At least the fable that Christine pushed for the Bush Administration only put other Americans at risk. Whitman and Powell have good arguments for being played for the Bush Agenda.

Imagine the havoc if Wall St. had been shuttered for the 2-6 weeks/months/years, it would have taken to really bring the environment back to a safe level. UBL would have achieved his goal.

Dubya minions have told bigger lies ("...a few bad apples...", "...we'll be greeted as liberators") for smaller reasons, so I am inclined to give Whitman a pass on that particular whopper.

Apr. 09 2014 10:47 AM
Seth

Whitman? Are you serious? The person who told us all how the air at Ground Zero was ok to breath. She has zero credibility. It must be hard being her and know that her legacy is garbage. sad, sad, sad.

Apr. 09 2014 10:37 AM
Rachek from Riverdale

I agree about the negative impacts of this, but can't help but observe all this attention and action from politicians for what is essentially (rich) people's views, and not the same attention to massive proposed pollution and asthma and millions in corporate subsidies to Fresh Direct in the southern portion of the borough, hhmmm

Apr. 09 2014 10:17 AM

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