99 Luftballons in Manhattan

July 30, 2008

Well, we suppose there’s only going to be one of them, but we could not help ourselves. The fact of the matter is that you can go up in a hot air balloon and see Central Park as you have never seen it before – from bird’s-eye perspective!

For that we have to thank to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, who want to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Olmsted and Vaux’s Greensward plan (the original design for the park) in a really cool way. Every day from 7 am to 10 pm, until August 22nd, an anchored, helium-filled AeroBalloon will ascend to 300 feet with up to four passengers on board. If you want to chat with the birds for 10 minutes or just have a moment of silence in the midst of crazy Manhattan, simply pay $25 ($17.50 if you are a kid taller than 40″) and fly away! You can catch a ride at Cherry Hill, Central Park at West 72nd street, West of Bethesda Fountain.

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