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What It Really Looks Like to See the NYC Skyline From a Helicopter

New York City
by Matador Creators Jan 4, 2023

For many travelers, taking in the iconic New York City skyline from a helicopter is an experience like no other. If you’ve been wanting to get up close and personal with the Big Apple without having to brave the chaos of Times Square and its surrounding streets, then a helicopter tour of Manhattan might just be what you’re looking for.

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From your seat in the sky, you’ll be able to see all of Manhattan—from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty—in one breathtaking glance. Depending on which tour company you choose, your pilot may even point out some of NYC’s most recognizable landmarks as they come into view. Keep an eye out for famous structures such as the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and Brooklyn Bridge.

From up high, the buildings look remarkably small and almost insignificant. You can make out patterns in streets and parks that weren’t visible before; these patterns become apparent once they are seen from an aerial view. And while some parts appear neat and orderly, others appear chaotic – which is part of what makes this city so special. As if these views weren’t enough, your pilot might even fly lower so that passengers can see details like rooftop gardens or people walking their dogs on balconies.

In addition to being able to take in all of New York City’s most famous attractions at once, flying over Manhattan also gives you a rare perspective on how huge this city really is. Whether it’s from a distance or up close, there’s nothing quite like seeing the sheer number of skyscrapers that make up this metropolis firsthand. The aerial views are even more impressive when nighttime arrives and all those bright lights start twinkling below.

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