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The an­tic­i­pa­tion is pal­pa­ble as the small group strides across the he­li­pad in Kearny, New Jersey. It’s ev­ery­one’s first time, and the ner­vous chat­ter will last only as long as it takes to board the chop­per and buckle into safety har­nesses. Al­most as soon as the he­li­copter gains some el­e­va­tion, Man­hat­tan comes into view and a kind of spell falls, over­rid­ing at once even the pow­er­ful chuh-chuh

chuh-chuh of the blades (a sound you can feel, not just hear). The he­li­copter pauses over the bay just south of Man­hat­tan, piv­ot­ing to grant each pas­sen­ger a view of the is­land from tip to top, the green patch of Cen­tral Park to the north and the Hudson and East Rivers on ei­ther side. The pi­lot taps the mid­dle pas­sen­ger, a sig­nal to un­hook one of two har­nesses and slide down to the edge of the open door­way, feet out­stretched in the open sky for the dare­devil selfie du jour. The cruise car­ries on, over the Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn Bridges, and past the Statue of Lib­erty, turn­ing back to New Jersey with a last long look at the is­land it’s leav­ing be­hind. On the ground again, they ex­change stunned smiles. “That was the short­est 15 min­utes of my life,” one pas­sen­ger says.

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