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    Photographer Jeffrey Milsten leant out of a helicopter to pay tribute to places "where humans gather".

    New York photographer Jeffrey Milstein wanted to capture aerial photos of the places "where humans gather" across New York and California. His photo series Parks and Recreation features Milstein's dizzying style of sky-high photography, created by leaning out of a helicopter.

    Midtown Manhattan

    Parks and Recreation shows public spaces like Times Square, Bryant Park, and Washington Park, museums and monuments like Griffith Observatory, the Getty Museum, and the Statue of Liberty, and sports and amusement parks like Venice skatepark, Santa Monica pier, and Coney Island.

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    Milstein told the Rex USA agency: "From earliest times people gathered in public spaces for community events, sharing of information, and sporting competition. Italian towns formed around public piazzas. The Greeks had the agora, the Acropolis, and outdoor theaters. Great cities like London and New York have devoted valuable land to public parks."

    The Statue of Liberty in NYC

    Milstein was inspired to pay tribute to these open public spaces by research from Dr. Laura Payne of the University of Illinois, who says that people who take part in park activities have fewer doctor visits, a lower body mass index, and lower systolic blood pressure.

    Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn

    Racetrack at Coney Island

    Universal Studios in Los Angeles

    Santa Monica Pier in California

    Downtown LA

    Central Park West in NYC

    Union Square Park in NYC

    Bryant Park in NYC

    Times Square in NYC

    View of the Chrysler Building in NYC

    Venice Beach drum circle

    Venice Beach fishing pier in Los Angeles

    Getty Museum in California

    Venice Beach skatepark in Los Angeles

    Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

    LAX Terminal

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