Lets take a sightseeing flight around New York!

In 1990, I wrote a magazine article about flying around NY. I needed some photos to illustrate the article and flew the route with a dear friend and co-worker, Vincent Onorio who took these pictures. They've lain in an album for 11 years but now, in the light of the horror of 9/11, I feel a need to share them on the web as a tribute to the heros and a memorial to the murdered.

This beautiful city will heal it's wounds and Lower Manhattan itself will bear no scars from this atrocity. We, the citizens of New York will bear the scars, but we will heal and grow strong and harbour a renewed devotion to the city we love. New York was once the "Golden Door" of immigration to the United States. As the grandchild of immigrants, it hurts me deeply that our immigration laws were abused by the perpetrators of this crime. I pray that the "Golden Door" remains open - but only to those who love America as deeply as my immigrant grandparents did, as much as I will, always.

Our flight will be in a Robinson R-22 helicopter based in Linden Airport, NJ. We'll proceed over Staten Island and Upper New York Bay, towards the East River. Then around Manhattan, down the Hudson River and back to Linden.

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The Bayonne Bridge

The Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, NJ (R.I.P.)

Lower New York Bay

Governor's Island

Lower Manhattan - 1990

The World Trade Center - 1990

The East River

The Lower East Side

Back to the East River

South Tip

Roosevelt Island

The 59th Street Bridge

Upper Manhattan

The Profile

The George Washington Bridge

The Hudson River

The Intrepid

Midtown Manhattan

West Side

The Immigrant Isles

The Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island

My Block


Final Approach

Mike Sturm
October, 2001