National Geographic : 1948 Jul
The Mighty Hudson the Palisades. Today the Palisades Interstate Park Commission con trols much of the land from the southern end of the Palisades, in New Jersey, to the northof Bear Mountain, in New York State. In the lat ter area it maintainsa huge park where New York City's multitudes camp, hike, and engage in sports (Plate VI). The foot of the Pali sades, so close to New York City, is much used for recreation pur poses. On the other hand, the face of the cliff and, in a sense, the top are as wild and unspoiled as a century ago.Accompanied by the chief of park police and one of the assistant managers, I stood on the edge of one of the boldest of the head lands, directly across from the northern end of Manhattan Island, on a clear summer day. We could see Long Island Sound, the B ronx-Whitestone Bridge, the Cloistersat Fort Tryon Park, and the day boat going up the river, but nota human being. How ever, a rare duck hawk, which nests in the face of the cliff, screamed at our intrusion of his stronghold. Climbing the great cliffs is forbidden, but police records show that in the four years of 1942-46 no fewer than 61 persons had to be taken down by means of a special rig, 50 had to be hospital ized, and 2 were killed. A parkway is now being built atop the 76 House, Maj. John Andre's Dungeon, Stands near Piermont Here the gallant British officer, caught dealing with Benedict Arnold, spent his last days in1780. As hewas led out tobehanged, Andre calmly adjusted noose and blindfold and said: "All Irequest ofyou, gentlemen, isthat you bear witness totheworld that Idie like abrave man" (opposite page).