Cloud 9

On Sunday, August 7th, my boyfriend and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary. Yes, I know… A long time. We’ve been together since our Junior year of high school.

We decided to make it special and venture into New York City for the day.  We ate brunch in the Meatpacking District at Dos Caminos; a Mexican restaurant. It was superb; the meal and the service. They had the best guacamole I’ve ever had by a long shot.

We then moseyed on over to Le Bain at The Standard. This place was upscale and had a chill vibe. They even had a jacuzzi on the top floor. We ordered a few drinks and relaxed on their rooftop for a little as we took in the sights of Downtown Manhattan. I recommend the drink, “Mona Lisa,” which tasted like a loaded mimosa.

Now, let’s get to the exciting part…..

I can finally say I’ve checked riding in a helicopter over New York City off my bucket list. But wait, it gets better… A helicopter with NO DOORS. I was scrolling through the explore page on Instagram one day and I came across FlyNYON: a one of a kind aerial experience from an open door helicopter. I immediately thought, “We need to do this!” Boy am I glad we did. It was the most thrilling experience of my life, our lives.

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We arrived at the hangar, just on the outskirts of the New York City, around 5:00pm for safety briefs and preparation for our 6pm flight. After the standard safety video, we were geared up for flight and ready to go! I chose the “adventure seat” because I was feeling a bit daring (although I was shaking in the knees). I’m terrified of heights but an experience like this was a “must do” for me. We boarded the helicopter, were strapped into our seats, and just like that, we were up in the air. The views were incredible. I forgot all about my fear of heights. We hovered right over the skyscrapers of Downtown, Manhattan, the Freedom Tower, and the Statue of Liberty… sitting right at the edge of the helicopter with our feet dangling over open air. Our pilot even “dipped” us over so our side of the helicopter was basically parallel with the floor of the city. It was exhilarating. We took tons of pictures and videos. This was an experience we’ll never forget.. One that I’ve considered doing again!

Tips:

  • They say it’s “windy”…. No, it’s more like a tornado. Tighten your shoelaces and do NOT forget a hair tie!
  • They give you a cell phone case with a lanyard that gets attached to your safety harness so you will NOT drop your phone.
  • Make sure you have enough space on your phone prior to takeoff to take pictures and videos.. Views like that need to be documented!

 

…. It was one hell of an anniversary!

 

xo, Carly

 

 

 

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