Scenic Hudson’s Director of Land Use Advocacy suggested yesterday that because the escarpment falls within the Front Street-Parade Hill-Lower Warren Street Historic District, a historic district that has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1970, and because New York State's Coastal Management Policy 25 advises against clearing vegetation and modifying natural land forms, the City may want to notify the NYS Department of State and the State Historic Preservation Office. The mayor and the city attorney have been made aware of this suggestion, but Gossips does not know if they have acted on it. Meanwhile, today Congressman Faso's office indicated an interest and concern about the situation.
One sad fact in the current circumstance is that the appearance of our city from the river, including the natural land forms, would be protected if Hudson had an approved LWRP (Local Waterfront Revitalization Program), but regrettably, it does not.
The pictures accompanying this post were taken this morning shortly after 7 a.m. Since then, the clearing has extended farther north and more pink and yellow dots have been painted on the rock face.
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