Palisades and Palaces, New York

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The Palisades are a line of steep cliffs along the Hudson River. Here they circle the railway tracks beside the river with New York is visible beyond. Pennell draws parallels between the New York skyscrapers and the architectural monuments of Europe, assigning them with the same cultural importance and value. He said “The only artists who see things in the world are engineers and a few architects, for the mill has taken the place of the Cathedral – and the greatest craftsmen who once worked for popes now work for captains of industry – for art follows money”.