Palisades the horizon of NYC

“The Palisades are among the most dramatic geologic features in the vicinity of New York City, forming a canyon of the Hudson north of George Washington Bridge, as well as providing a vista of the skyline.”


The skyline we see in New York City was created by quarying the stone from the Palisades which have left an amazing presence behind:


“The basalt cliffs are the margin of a diabase sill, formed about 200 million years ago[2] at the close of the Triassic Period by the intrusion of molten magma upward into sandstone.[3] The molten material cooled and solidified before reaching the surface. Water erosion of the softer sandstone left behind the columnar structure of harder rock that exists today. The cliffs are about 300 ft (100 m) thick in sections and originally may have reached to 1,000 ft (300 m).”

My Idea is to show both the geological foundation that created the hudson river which made NYC the central port that led to it becoming the city it is today as well as the actual stones that were quarried from this location to create the monolithic skyline we know as New York City.  The sheer vastness of the rock is unfathomable and viewable at scale only from a helicopter (or drone).

I would like to have a view of the rock face and also the view of the horizon of NYC to show what the 200 million year old structure became.


There is literally no other way to have a tracking shot of the stones below to show the entire vast space that was removed and then shift to the skyline that it then became unless you have a crane or a helicopter (or drone). This would be amazing.