21 Stunning Photos That Will Make You See America Differently

21 Stunning Photos That Will Make You See America Differently

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

ID: 7744625

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

ID: 7715212

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

ID: 7715214

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

ID: 7715217

Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn

Jefrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715231

Racetrack at Coney Island

Jefrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715232

Universal Studios in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715233

Santa Monica Pier in California

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715322

Downtown LA

Jeffrey Milstein

ID: 7734351

Central Park West in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715323

Union Square Park in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715325

Bryant Park in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715377

Times Square in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715374

View of the Chrysler Building in NYC

Jeffrey Milstein

ID: 7744798

Venice Beach drum circle

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715410

Venice Beach fishing pier in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715411

Getty Museum in California

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715414

Venice Beach skatepark in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715415

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

Jeffrey Milstein / REX/Shutterstock

ID: 7715548

LAX Terminal

Jeffrey Milstein

ID: 7745776

Baldwin Hills apartments in LA

Jeffrey Milstein

ID: 7745741
Laura Gallant is a picture desk intern at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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