Photograph via FlyNYON by @BeholdingEyeA normal helicopter tour offers great views, but for photographers, the windows, doors and enclosure really get in the way. In contrast, FlyNYON was started by a group that originally worked on helicopter film shoots for movies like the Avengers, Mission Impossible, and The Wolf of Wall Street – and they applied the techniques used to commercial operation. When you take a flight with FlyNYON, you start at a helicopter hanger in Kearny, New Jersey – next to Jersey City. Inside, a tent and lounge have been set up, VIP style, while you complete your check in process and get briefed on the details by the upbeat, peppy staff. Next step is to create a custom flight plan. Our group wanted to get a look at the Chrysler Building, Central Park, World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge, but was completely fine to skip the Statue Liberty. One spot the tours always hit up, regardless of the flight plan, is a look from the New York harbor up Manhattan – the “money shot” they call it. Next step is to get harnessed up. All of your camera gear is attached to the harness, including your phone if you choose to bring it. We had, between two of us, a Canon SLR camera, two iPhones, and a stabilizer for the live video. The helicopters can fit five passengers at a time, three on one side, two on the other. There’s an “adventure seat” in the middle, between the front seat and the back seat where you sit on the edge, legs and feet hanging out, with your harness connected to the back seat giving you enough room to move around. There is no bad seat however because in all three, you’ll get the full, hair rising, foot tingling, hair blowing experience.
Photograph via FlyNYON by @JNSilva
Heading over the East RiverUnited Nations complex
Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park
Central Park ballfields
Lower Manhattan and 1 WTC
Photograph via FlyNYON by @MishattanFlyNYON will open a storefront this fall at Kearny Point, a former navy shipyard that is being transformed into a small business and manufacturing hub. See photographs of the abandoned buildings inside Kearny Point and the latest development here.