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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

Jeffrey Milstein

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.

Venice Beach surfers in California

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

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

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

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

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn

Jefrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Racetrack at Coney Island

Jefrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Universal Studios in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Santa Monica Pier in California

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Downtown LA

Jeffrey Milstein

Central Park West in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Union Square Park in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Bryant Park in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Times Square in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

View of the Chrysler Building in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein

Venice Beach drum circle

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Venice Beach fishing pier in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Getty Museum in California

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock


Venice Beach skatepark in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

LAX Terminal

Jeffrey Milstein


Baldwin Hills apartments in LA

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Laura Gallant is a picture assistant at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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