New York, NY - Tourist Helicopter Flights Banned Over Brooklyn
New York, NY - The city’s noisy tourist helicopter flights are getting chopped.
The city Economic Development Corp. said Friday it has brokered a deal to curb air tours and appease critics, who say the choppers make the city sound like a war zone.
After much protest, and some claiming their sound can cause brain damage, the helicopter nightmare over Brooklyn may be coming to an end. According to the Brooklyn Paper the city instituted a no-fly zone over the entire borough today. The move will eliminate 30% of sightseeing helicopters, that often fly over for aerial views of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, as well as ban them from flying below 1,500 feet. There will be no short tours allowed, and no sightseeing over Brooklyn or the Brooklyn Bridge.
State Senator Daniel Squadron spearheaded the Stop the Chop campaign, and says “this solution was a quick effort to deal with the problem.” His help came after an outcry from residents, who claim their calls to 311 weren’t being logged, which resulted in difficulty proving the noise was a nuisance.
“This is a good-faith attempt to solve the problem quickly,” said Squadron (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn).
The plan bans the five tour companies operating out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport from flying over Central Park, the Empire State Building and Brooklyn. It also axes tours under eight minutes, which make up about 15% to 20% of all flights.
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