This Is What It's Like To Fly Above Manhattan

November 10, 2014 9:15 PM

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This Is What It's Like To Fly Above Manhattan

George Plimpton once wrote, “From above, the city looks empty: so little moves that is discernible. All the descriptive adjectives about New York -- ‘teeming,’ ‘bustling,’ ‘cacophonous,’ and so forth -- are pertinent only at the street level. From above they simply do not apply.” And that's why photos of New York from the air are so captivating.

Rob Marshall is a vice president and pilot for New York On Air, a company specializing in aerial photography and cinematography. He has been flying helicopters for three decades -- and you can tell. There’s no shake when Marshall lifts the helicopter from the company's helipad in New Jersey. From th...

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