As I drove back to New Jersey across the Tappan Zee Bridge I noticed thousands of homes and numerous high rises that have been built all along the Palisades (all in New York I might add) and are clearly visible from the NY side of the eastern banks of the Hudson River. There are even homes and retail buildings that have been built on piers way out into the water in Piermont New York and all along the base of the Palisades…all in New York.
And homes continue to be built on at the base, into and on top of the Palisades every year…and most are visible to anyone who chooses to stare at them. People want those views and they pay a premium for the views from these office and retail buildings and from the homes and apartments.
The New Yorkers who are protesting the LG project want the views to themselves and want to deprive New Jersey residents of the same. They want us only to have a street level view of trees…and only as we pass by them while in a car or on a bike. They want the great view while leaving us with a crappy roadside view
All of this has happened and continues to happen along the Palisades in New York by New Yorkers. A bit hypocritical don’t you think?
There is a wide splice of this vista that all the noise is about that is already protected from development…people don’t want to live there companies don’t want to relocate there and the property is worthless for development.
What we really have here is that some New Yorkers want to spread out their vista of what they don’t want to see. They want to change the game.
We already have in place building and zoning restrictions and NOW these outside groups want to spread these restrictions to other areas that adjoin what is already covered.
It’s basically… Wherever it can be seen, we don’t want to see it.
Just imagine if this type of “vista or visual’ zoning existed in Manhattan there would be little or no high rise buildings…especially around Central Park! No One57…or any other buildings around Central Park.
The most expensive real estate in the world isn’t available for anyone in North Jersey to see because of trees.
This will Never happen in New Jersey because of no one wants to be in New Jersey bad enough!
These groups really want the public to mistakenly believe that when the LG building is built….”high rises everywhere will immediately begin popping up all within their vista that we want to protect”.