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This drone-shot video provides a breathtaking aerial view of an empty NYC

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

New Yorkers don't often get to see the city from high up, especially right now, but one freelance photographer took to the sky to produce a striking video of New York City.

Mingomatic, who lives on Long Island (and asked to be identified by his username), used drones and took aerial shots from a helicopter, in addition to walking and driving around the city, to capture mind-boggling photos and video of a mostly-empty city.

"I'm surprised at both sides of the spectrum when it comes to social distancing," he tells us. "Sometimes, I'm surprised at how empty the streets are. You never see a lack of people in certain areas that you see now. In other cases, I was shocked to see how many people [were] congregating and doing things like playing basketball."

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The video took him a few weeks to shoot and complete, but it was something he felt needed to be captured. 

"New York is a beautiful place that gets filmed and photographed quite often," he says. "So it is more unique to capture it from fresh angles and perspectives."

It's certainly a breathtaking view. Take a look: 

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