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I woke up from a snooze during the initial approach to JFK, popped open the shade and this is what I saw. Scrambled for camera and took a few shots. Not great but good enough for those who are un-initiated.

I'm sure folks will add notes to this but for those of you who don't know this view from left to right:

New Jersey shore
Hudson River (George Washington bridge visible)
Manhattan (the island in the middle, Central park easily seen)
East River
Long Island on entire right which contains:
Brooklyn (closest to bottom)
Queens (beyond Brooklyn)

John F. Kennedy airport where we landed is further out on the Eastern shore of Long Island. You can see the other major airport on the west shore of Long Island toward to top-right of the image: La Guardia.

To drive home to Connecticut, which is directly north of here I cross Long Island on the Van Wick expressway (ugh), cross the Bronx Whitestone Bridge which is clearly visible just beyond LaGuardia in the upper right. Up the Hutchinson River Parkway which turns into I-684 and then, depending on traffic and snow, zig-zag into rural Connecticut.

Of course, more intersting viewed large

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  1. Laura Grace 42 months ago | reply

    Outstanding!!!

  2. joyfulgardenpr 41 months ago | reply

    Tremendisima foto!

  3. Mark Brocklehurst 40 months ago | reply

    Looks longer when you run the marathon route! Having done it, makes this shot even more impressive!

  4. Richard- 40 months ago | reply

    Thanks Mark. Too bad we weren't a bit further down-harbor, I could have gotten the Verrazano too.

  5. mrykly 39 months ago | reply

    very neat

  6. BigMs.Take 38 months ago | reply

    wow wow wow.. the clarity is unbelievable!

  7. Mr. Oddly Fox 32 months ago | reply

    how many GD mega pixels do you need?

  8. Richard- 32 months ago | reply

    Oddly Fox: You don't need a super high resolution sensor for this shot. This was shot with a Canon 20D which has 8 megapixels on its sensor.

  9. Jon From Cincinnati 29 months ago | reply

    not good? this is a great shot. coming from someone who is always trying to capture NYC on approach. Its rare to get a full view of Manhattan from this prospective, usually it seems the flight paths take you alongside it.

  10. Richard- 29 months ago | reply

    Jon: I just wish I'd had time to stop down more and work on making it a deeper and better shot. I know enough to do a bit better but I didn't have time to do anything but shoot.

  11. GT Photo 28 months ago | reply

    Superb aerial shot...........nice one!!!

  12. brendoncardinal 27 months ago | reply

    Anytime someone can catch 4 of the 5 NYC boroughs, it's just plain amazing. I love those 2 big clusters of skyscrapers in Lower and Midtown Manhattan! Great shot!

  13. Richard- 27 months ago | reply

    Thanks brendoncardinal, I woke up at just the right moment it seems. I'm sure you looked at the image large, it's interesting to see those buildings and the bridges...

  14. brendoncardinal 27 months ago | reply

    It sure is. Usually I take Amtrak into New York, and if not that, I take a bus. I've never had to fly in, so I've never seen the city at that angle. It's pretty cool

  15. flashmick 24 months ago | reply

    Very disturbing seeing so much human development crammed into one location.
    Interesting photo though.

  16. Richard- 24 months ago | reply

    @flashmick: I don't live in New York but I must say, it's a great place and the upside of having all of that humanity crammed into such a small place is an over abundance of great culture. I love visiting New York and get in there from Connecticut where I live as often as I can (once every few months or more).

  17. Eddie C3 11 months ago | reply

    I just found this and I do live in New York. Having been on that same flight path on many days that were nowhere near as clear, I've got to say that I'm green with envy.

  18. Richard- 11 months ago | reply

    I got lucky Eddie C3. These days I prefer aisle seats so the odds of getting another shot like this are slim.

  19. steveartist 7 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

    Here's a shot from the early 90s, on an Atlanta to Boston flight. We were at least 30,000 feet in altitude.
    Manhattan from over 30,000 feet / Early 1990's

    Here's a shot from 1998 on approach to LaGuardia.
    New York City / September, 1998

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