We’ve all seen what New York looks like flying between the skyscrapers and over the parks, because we’ve all seen the awful Spider-Man movies. But now we live in a world with remote-controlled helicopters and GoPro cameras, so if we want to see the streets of New York from above without having to cringe at Tobey Maguire’s acting, we now have an alternative.

The video was shot by aerial filmmaker Randy Scott Slavin, and was possibly not shot legally, as some of these shots would require a permit. So don’t necessarily jump up and do the same thing unless you check out the rules. Aerial “drone” photography has taken off recently thanks to smaller cameras and better RC helicopters and quadcopters (like the DJI Phantom used for this video), and the end result is that we get some really spectacular views.