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    Posted on May 17, 2016

    21 Breathtaking Photos That Prove NYC Is Scary, But Beautiful As Fuck From Up Above

    A different view of the massive city from1,500 feet above.

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    Ah, New York City! What a beautiful, majestic, ridiculously crowded place. We're Kevin and Taylor, and we live in the city — but we wanted to see it from a completely different angle.

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    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    We did it courtesy of FlyNyon, a company that gives open door helicopter flights high above the city for regular people like us — and for movie/TV show footage.

    Anyhow, going above NYC in a helicopter is scary AF. You have to wear a harness, your phone and cameras get strapped to that harness, and overall it's a big process.

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    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    But honestly, without the harness we wouldn't have been able to do this:

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    Kevin Smith / BuzzFeed

    Or this:

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    Seeing the city from this high up was pretty magical. Especially at sunset.

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    Here's what we saw:

    The iconic Flatiron Building on 23rd Street.

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    The Chrysler Building, in all its majesty.

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    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    The southern tip of the island. Off to the left is the Freedom Tower.

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    The Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport.

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    Here's a close-up of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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    Here's the Freedom Tower again, with the sunset bouncing off its western side.

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    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    Despite the chaos NYC is known for...from up above, the city's magic can really be felt.

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    Rush hour was in full swing as the sun finally set.

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    And while we were in the air at primetime (8 p.m.), there were certain parts of the city that seemed to have a natural calm.

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    The Empire State Building in all its glory:

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    Even though we were going about 85 mph, this sight almost made us lose our breath.

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    If you look to the far right, you can see Madison Square Garden.

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    On the way back to the helipad, we snagged this spectacular view of Lady Liberty.

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    And after everything was all said and done, we were glad to be back on land, but really, really happy we got to see NYC in a completely different light.

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