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Gateway to the Hudson Highlands
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Breakneck Ridge and Storm King Mountain form the northern gateway to the famed
Hudson Highlands of Southern New York State, 60 miles (97 km) north of New York City.
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) false-color
image, captured September 18, 2000, looks south towards the mountains that overlook the Hudson River. Vegetated surfaces appear red, urban areas appear light blue, and water bodies appear dark grey or black. Digital Elevation Model data for topography were overlain to provide this 3-dimensional perspective of the terrain.
The city of Newburgh is in the foreground
and the town of Cornwall lies in the
distance at the base of Storm King Mountain on the western shore of the Hudson. Other prominent features in this scene include:
The City of Newburgh, where George Washington established his longest
residency during the Revolutionary War. It was here that he founded the Order of
the Purple Heart, and in 1850 Washington’s Headquarters became the first
Registered National Historic Landmark in the United States.
Stewart International Airport, an alternate site for landing the
space shuttle since the airport has one of the longest runways in the United
I-84 running East-West and crossing the Hudson River at the
The New York Thruway (I-87) running North-South.
Cornwall Bay at the base of Storm King Mountain where, legend has it,
Henry Hudson anchored in the Half Moon in 1609.
Schunemunk Mountain near the top center of this scene.