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The vista from the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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By SisiBroad | January 21, 2013 5:22 pm

The vista from the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, which owns the Cloisters, Larry Rockefeller, grandson John D. Rockefeller Jr., and other groups (in particular, the Natural Resources Defense Council) are fighting to preserve that vista, which they say is threatened by a new corporate headquarters to be built in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
The LG building is expected to be ready by 2016. It is going to be 143 feet tall the headquarters for LG Electronics USA. The LG headquarters will rise several stories above the tree line.
According to Mr. Rockefeller, when his grandfather donated 700 acres atop a 13-mile stretch of the Palisades in the 1930s, it was made clear that the land should be preserved.
The neighborhoods surrounding the Cloisters on Manhattan’s West Side have the distinction in the city of being some of the few places where one can gaze at uninterrupted miles of actual nature, namely the cliffs of New Jersey’s Palisades.
“We’re very proud of this project,” said LG spokesman John Taylor. “We’re creating an iconic green structure that we think is going to be among the most energy efficient corporate campuses on the East Coast.”

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