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The Best Way to See New York City is From Great Heights

 There are few cities in this world more popular, famous, or beloved than New York City. One of the most visited destinations in the tri-state area, and quite possibly in the entire United States, this city is filled with treasures from our past, like the 17th century Wyckoff Farmhouse (turned museum) and monuments to our future, like the Empire State Building. Central Park, a prized possession of the city, also has a long and illustrious history and is filled with many beautiful works of art and fascinating sights. Touring New York City is a dream for many people all over the globe. 

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a photographer from France who also wanted to tour New York City, but using a route never seen so thoroughly before: through the clouds! In his series "New York City From the Air",  Arthus-Bertrand captures all of the greatest architectural and cultural marvels that the Big Apple has to offer from the sky. These aerial shots show us an unbelievably beautiful side to the city that never sleeps (which looks almost litter free when seen from above). Travel through the memorable streets of this iconic city with these photographs that will have you singing "New York, New York"!

1. Manhattan and the Financial District

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Manhattan and the Financial District

2. Lower Manhattan, the Financial District, and the Hudson River

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Lower Manhattan, the Financial District and the Hudson River

3. Ellis Island, Upper New York Bay 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Ellis Island, Upper New York Bay

4. A Marathon Crossing the Verrazano Bridge 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, A Marathon Crossing the Verrazano Bridge

5. Union Square Park, Gramercy, Manhattan

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Union Square Park, Gramercy, Manhattan

6. Peter Cooper Village, Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Peter Cooper Village, Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan

7. Lasker Rink, Central Park, Manhattan

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Lasker Rink, Central Park, Manhattan

8. Belvedere Castle at the top of Vista Rock, Central Park, Manhattan

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Belvedere Castle at the top of Vista Rock, Central Park, Manhattan

9. Bow Bridge and the Rowboat Lake in Central Park, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Bow Bridge and the Rowboat Lake in Central Park, Manhattan

10. Conservatory Garden, Central Park, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Conservatory Garden, Central Park, Manhattan

11. Governors Island National Monument, Governors Island, Upper New York Bay 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Governors Island National Monument, Governors Island, Upper New York Bay

12. Queensbridge Houses (QB), Queens

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Queensbridge Houses (QB), Queens

13. Peninsula Hotel (Gotham Hotel), Midtown, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Peninsula Hotel (Gotham Hotel), Midtown, Manhattan

14. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park and Upper East Side, Manhattan

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park and Upper East Side, Manhattan

15. Heckscher Playgrounds, Central Park, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Heckscher Playgrounds, Central Park, Manhattan

16. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hill, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hill, Manhattan

17. Victoria Building, Midtown South, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Victoria Building, Midtown South, Manhattan

18. Hudson River Skate Park, Chelsea, Manhattan

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Hudson River SkatePark, Chelsea, Manhattan

19. Empire States Building and Midtown, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Empire States Building and Midtown, Manhattan

20. The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in Fort Tryon Park, Washington Heights, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in Fort Tryon Park, Washington Heights, Manhattan

21. Pier 66A, Chelsea, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Pier 66A, Chelsea, Manhattan

22. Harlem Meer and the Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, Manhattan 

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Harlem Meer and the Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, Manhattan

23. Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, Upper New York Bay

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, Upper New York Bay

24. Federal Plaza in front of the Jacob K. Javits Office Building, Tribeca, Manhattan

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Federal Plaza in front of the Jacob K. Javits Office Building, Tribeca, Manhattan

25. The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers

Aerial photos of New York City in “New York City From the Air” series by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers

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