Is it the best way to see New York City? Flying around in a chopper? Perhaps that overstates the case. Zipping around with a jet-pack like James Bond in Thunderball would be way cooler. Imagine jetting down Madison Avenue with one of those babies strapped to your back. You might draw unwanted attention. And it might be illegal. So, besides that, a helicopter ride around the Big Apple is a safe bet for unparalleled views of the city. Never mind the Empire State Building. That’s good, but nothing like getting a true bird’s eye view in motion.

The helicopter sightseeing and charter service, Liberty Helicopters, offers customers the opportunity to see New York City and the surrounding area from the skies. They’ve been doing it since 1990 with an impeccable safety record and a commitment to customer service. They promise you will see more than you ever imagined when you step into one of their choppers. Judging from the many positive customer reviews, they deliver on their promise. And maybe that’s the only way to get a full grasp of New York City, of its density and grandeur: from above. One can’t help but feel a little ant-like when crawling along its busy, endless streets. A view from the sky balances perception.

Liberty pilots are knowledgeable guides but also cool and competent professionals who will make you feel at ease with the helicopter movements. Lockers and tokens are provided to store handbags and gear which are not permitted in the helicopter due to space restrictions. You can also leave your camera behind and simply enjoy the view since a dvd of your flight is also available.

Lifting off at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport 6 East River Piers, the helicopters are conveniently located near mass transit stops and easy to find for New York City regulars and first-time visitors alike.

Downtown Manhattan Heliport, 12th Avenue at West 30th Street, 212-967-6464

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