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Drone footage of New York City shows impact of coronavirus lockdown

New York City drone video shows impact of coronavirus lockdown

A very short video clip from Bloomberg shows drone footage of New York City and the impact that the coronavirus lockdown has on the ‘city that never sleeps.’ The interesting part of the video is how Bloomberg was able to shoot it.

New York City drone video shows empty streets

Drone footage from Bloomberg shows you New York City as you have never seen it before. As a result of the coronavirus lockdown, the streets, avenues, and parks are deserted.

The one-minute video clip shows many of the city’s famous landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Central Park, Flatirons, Grand Central Station, the Met, the Bull, and more.

It does make you wonder how the heck Bloomberg pulled this off as large parts of the airspace in New York City are off-limits for drones and a decades-old-law prevents any aircraft from taking off, and landing in NYC. As this guy is finding out after telling people to keep a safe social distance with his DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drone. He’s being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Especially the part where the drone flies over Central Park is interesting as it seems to be at the same height if not higher than some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, which are easily over 400 feet high.

Hmmm… Did Bloomberg get some special NYPD and FAA approval for this short video?

However, all the legalities around flying drones in New York City do not take away from the spectacular footage that is shown in this short Bloomberg video clip. Take a minute out of your busy schedule and watch the video below.

What do you think is going on here? Did Bloomberg just wing it and fly a drone throughout NYC, or do you think they got all the necessary approvals and waiver in place to make this short clip? If they did, I’d love to know how! Insert your thoughts in the comments below.

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Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews. Haye is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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