Being xtreme means doing things nobody dares to do...
New York City, the city that never sleeps. It offers world-class art, music, entertainment, food, and extreme activities. Some of the extreme activities come upon you without your permission. Do not make eye contact with a coke-fueled Elmo character in Times Square or pick a fight with someone on the E. 149th Street, #6 Train subway platform in The Bronx. There are many other extreme activities you can find here without having to call upon one of New York’s finest. Here’s a look at a few of the (legally!) xtreme things you can do here.
Perhaps the great thing about taking a helicopter ride in NYC is the fact that you’ll see that it is actually possible to get across town in less than an hour. First time visitors will be seeing the icons that make this city great. “Look! The Statue of Liberty!” “Wow, who knew that Central Park was so big, eh?” “What are all those thousands of yellow dots moving on the streets down there?”
Long-time residents will also love this activity. “What, my rooftop has a patio?” “See that huge building over there? Count 74 floors up and 96 windows across. That’s where Daddy’s cubicle is.” “What do you mean we can’t fly over 725 5th Avenue? There seems to be lots of police activity there. Oh? Really? Why doesn’t she just move into the White House?”
A helicopter ride provides breath taking views of the city from an angle you can only glimpse flying into JFK or Newark.
Yes, you can take flying lessons in the New York area where you can learn to fly over Manhattan. Many people believe that if they learn to fly a plane, any flights over Manhattan will be forbidden. Actually, the FAA tries to make it at least possible to view NYC from the air. Commercial jets are strictly regulated and have to stay on very restrictive flight plans around Manhattan. The exception is if you’re a commercial jet flying someplace else. The FAA will look for contrails, which means that you’re flying at an altitude of at least 25,000, and going about probably about 650 MPH. You probably aren’t a bad guy.
Private planes can use what are called “river corridors” to view the skyline from either the Hudson or East Rivers. They are also allowed to cruise over Manhattan as long they stay above 1000 feet. The only area off limits is Trump Tower, and the south end of Manhattan. LaGuardia airport uses the south end of the island for approaches and landings.
If you’re looking for something extreme to do in NYC, you may want to take flying lessons at one of the many nearby schools.
Skydiving in New York now!
One of the most extreme ways to arrive in the New York City area, other than being bound and gagged in the trunk of a Lincoln Town Car, is to skydive in. Imagine being put aboard an airplane after 45 minutes of ground training, putting a parachute on, and being pushed out of an airplane at 14,000 above Manhattan with someone you hope knows what they’re doing strapped to your back.
Your casual descent to earth, once you’ve opened your chute, will take you across Brooklyn and Queens and out to Long Island near the Hamptons. They figured it was safer to land out there than at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 44th St.
One of the most pleasant ways to see New York from the air is to hire a private charter tour of the area. Most of us have seen pictures and videos of charter planes cruising majestically over the Grand Canyon. Now imagine the Grand Canyon filled with buildings and people and you have the glory of New York City from the air. More leisurely than a helicopter ride, less terrifying than skydiving, the several charter services are there to pamper you.
A Flight Experience in New York City.
If you’re into things a little more extreme than others, you can find places in the New York metro area that offer “flight experiences". What’s the difference between flying classes and a flight experience? Flight experiences seem to operate with the idea, “You don’t need no stinkin’ ground school.” For about 15 minutes they teach how aerodynamic lift works, and why the plane has a propeller. Then you’re off into the wild blue skies over Manhattan with a certified pilot who will let you take the controls. Good luck and have a xtreme time in NYC.
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