The Hitler profile in the NJ Palisades

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Photo courtesy of NJ Palisades website

The NJ Palisades is a stretch of forest going from the George Washington Bridge up north into NY state. It faced destruction at the hands of a rock quarry that was breaking down the sides of the cliffs to build roads in NYC. It was the destruction of a perceived profile of George Washington on the cliffs that spurred protests which closed the quarrying down in 1900.

A second profile can still be seen today, an Indian, near the Giant Stairs (a long & difficult section along the river’s edge.)

A third profile was more disturbing. A rock slide occurred on one of the cliff faces in July 1939. A Yonkers Ferry crew noticed that the rock face now bore a resemblance to Adolph Hitler. Was this just paranoia due to our involvement in WWII? The profile was 160 feet high and 50 feet wide. We’ll never know because on March 15, 1947, another rock slide obliterated this cliff face, 2 years after the defeat of Hitler by the Allied Forces.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by BURR EVANS on August 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I LIVED I HASTINGS BUT REMEMBER IT WELL. IT COULD BE DEEN FROM THERE BUT LOOKED DIFFERENT THAN FROM THE FERRY. I ALSO TEMEMBER THE DAY IT FELL. A FRIEND AND I QUICKLY GOT TO IT AND CLIMBED THE RESULTING ROCKSLIDE ALONG THE SIDES TO THE TOP.

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  2. […] Hitler’s Rock Profile: A 160 ft tall profile of Hitler appeared on the cliffs of the Palisades during WWII […]

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