Millions of people riding the Amtrak or Metro North’s Hudson River Line have gazed up at the Palisades, those sheer cliffs on the west side of the river just north of New York City. But have you ever hiked it from top to bottom, and then back up again?
Well, you should. Tim and i did it last year and found it to be one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes ever. Of course, there are some scary descents, but they’re not as bad as they look from the 8:07 from Beacon! In fact, despite what you would bet your life on while looking up at those cliffs from Yonkers, there’s no technical climbing at all. That’s right: No ropes needed! You can park at a lovely parking area/restaurant with great hiking-related guidebooks and gear for sale, and following the blazed trails, you can do the entire down-and-up trip in less than 5 hours. Go to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website at www.nynjtc.org, click on “Find a Hike,” click on “strenuous” and then scroll down to “Giant Stairs/Long Path Loop” for complete directions. But MEANWHILE… that view — that magnificent view of the cliffs from New York — could soon be wrecked by the building on top of those cliffs of the headquarters of LG Electronics. (Never heard of them, you say? Look again at the logo on the front of your Verizon cellphone. In millions upon millions of cases, it will say “LG.” That’s them.)
Trying to stop LG from erecting a huge corporate structure there is the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, Scenic Hudson, and the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs. The latter is a group i’d never heard of until, half-way down the cliffs on our Palisades hike, Tim and i saw a turnoff for a small, castle-like stone building about 1/4 mile off the trail. It is a very cool place to visit, with great views (but of course, just about every step of that hike has great views.) That little “castle,” which you can’t see from the river or even from the trail, was built to honor the NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs (www.njsfwc.org).
Ayway, here’s the thing: If not for these organizations filing an appeal to a recent court decision, LG would be able to just go ahead and erect their huge headquarters atop the most beautiful site in our region. Pray that their appeal wins, and that these beautiful, ancient cliffs go unmolested. Below is a snippet from the Aug. 28 issue of Law360:
Groups To Appeal NJ Decision For LG Headquarters Building
By Martin Bricketto
Law360, New York (August 28, 2013, 7:16 PM ET) — Scenic Hudson Inc. and other parties are moving forward with their challenge to a ruling that upheld the approval of LG Electronics USA Inc.’s planned North American headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., which they frame as a threat to the Palisades region along the Hudson River.
On Tuesday, Scenic Hudson, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and two members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference filed a notice of appeal over the Aug. 9 decision from Bergen County Superior Court Judge …