New York from the Air: Photobook Takes Readers on a ‘Breathtaking Journey’ Across an Iconic Skyline

From a ‘Manhattanhenge’ Sunset to ‘Ghostbuster’ Storm Clouds: Book Features Stunning Aerial Images of New York City by a Former Helicopter Travel Agency Photographer

  • New York From the Air takes readers on a ‘breathtaking journey’ of ‘unique and unparalleled aerial views’
  • Award-winning photographer and author Paul Seibert says he’s obsessed with the “less visible details”
  • New book features over 200 photos taken from helicopter and rooftop views

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Despite being one of the most photographed cities in the world, New York’s iconic skyline still holds untold secrets, as this jaw-dropping new book reveals.

With over 200 photos taken from helicopters and rooftops, New York from the air by Paul Seibert takes viewers on a “breathtaking journey” of “unique and unparalleled aerial views”, according to the editors.

Mr. Seibert, permanent New York resident and award-winning photographer, decided to write the book after two years working as an official photographer for a helicopter tour provider.

He says: “In the years that followed, my passion only grew stronger. I pushed myself to find new compositions and had ample opportunity to understand where the light would be to create dramatic and engaging imagery.

“New York is known for its unapologetic attitude and brashness. However, over the years I have seen architectural details that suggest there is a finesse and delicacy to these creations. Finding and sharing these lesser-known details has become something of an obsession for me.

From the aerial shot of haunting “Ghostbuster” storm clouds gathering over the city to an incredible snapshot of the spectacle known as Manhattanhenge – when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the streets of Manhattan and lights up the freeways with amber hues – read on for our pick of the most breathtaking photos from the book…

Incredible “Ghostbuster” clouds [familiar to anyone who’s seen the 1984 movie] casts a menacing shadow over the city in this captivating image. Titled The Storm, it was taken an hour and two minutes before sunset, at an altitude of 1,100ft (335m), writes Seibert

Here, Seibert captures the spectacle known as Manhattanhenge – a semi-annual event where the setting or rising sun lines up perfectly with the grid of Manhattan's main street and casts a warm amber glow over the thoroughfares.  The photo was taken nine minutes and 24 seconds before sunset at an altitude of 38 feet (11.5 m), writes Seibert

Here, Seibert captures the spectacle known as Manhattanhenge – a semi-annual event where the setting or rising sun lines up perfectly with the grid of Manhattan’s main street and casts a warm amber glow over the thoroughfares. The photo was taken nine minutes and 24 seconds before sunset at an altitude of 38 feet (11.5 m), writes Seibert

The tip of the Empire State Building - the tallest building in the world until 1971 with a total height of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) - bursts through the clouds.  The photo was taken looking east over the city, Seibert said, 13 minutes and 16 seconds before sunrise, at an elevation of 1,150ft (350.5m)

The summit of One World Trade Center - which stands at a breathtaking 541m (1,776ft) - is pictured here shrouded in thick clouds.  The photo was taken seven minutes and 54 seconds after sunrise, at an altitude of 1,150 feet (350.5 m), Seibert notes

LEFT: The tip of the Empire State Building – the tallest building in the world until 1971 with a total height of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) – bursts through the clouds. The photo was taken looking east over the city, Seibert said, 13 minutes and 16 seconds before sunrise, at an elevation of 1,150 feet (350.5 m). RIGHT: The summit of One World Trade Center – which stands at a breathtaking 1,776ft (541m) – is pictured here shrouded in thick clouds. The photo was taken seven minutes and 54 seconds after sunrise, at an altitude of 1,150 feet (350.5 m), Seibert notes

The iconic Manhattan Bridge is beautifully captured here, with downtown Manhattan buildings behind reflecting the golden glow of the sunrise.  Siebert took this view looking west from Dumbo, four minutes and 57 seconds after sunrise, at an elevation of 325 feet (99 m)

The iconic Manhattan Bridge is beautifully captured here, with downtown Manhattan buildings behind reflecting the golden glow of the sunrise. Siebert took this view looking west from Dumbo, four minutes and 57 seconds after sunrise, at an elevation of 325 feet (99 m)

This photo shows The San Remo luxury apartment building - New York's first twin-tower apartment building - which overlooks the lake in Central Park.  The photo was taken an hour and two minutes before sunset, at an altitude of 1,600 feet (487.6 m), writes Seibert

This photo shows The San Remo luxury apartment building – New York’s first twin-tower apartment building – which overlooks the lake in Central Park. The photo was taken an hour and two minutes before sunset, at an altitude of 1,600 feet (487.6 m), writes Seibert

The retro landmarks of the Coney Island Fairgrounds, Brooklyn, are featured here.  They include The Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster built in 1927, and Wonder Wheel, a 150ft (45.7m) Ferris wheel built in 1920. The photo was taken 25 minutes and 58 seconds before sunset, at an elevation of 1,200 feet (365.7 m).  , notes Seibert

The retro landmarks of the Coney Island Fairgrounds, Brooklyn, are featured here. They include The Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster built in 1927, and Wonder Wheel, a 150ft (45.7m) Ferris wheel built in 1920. The photo was taken 25 minutes and 58 seconds before sunset, at an elevation of 1,200 feet (365.7 m). , notes Seibert

This mesmerizing photo shows Vessel's unique spiral staircase, an interactive artwork found at Hudson Yards in Manhattan.  The photo was taken eight minutes and 44 seconds before sunset, at an altitude of 110 feet (33.5 m), writes Seibert

This mesmerizing photo shows Vessel’s unique spiral staircase, an interactive artwork found at Hudson Yards in Manhattan. The photo was taken eight minutes and 44 seconds before sunset, at an altitude of 110 feet (33.5 m), writes Seibert

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