TAKE A HELICOPTER RIDE OVER MANHATTAN.
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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