It’s hard to resist hyperbole when describing photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s latest bookLA NY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York, a visual tour de force of the two cities as seen from above. The book, released today, holds a special importance for Milstein, who was born in New York and lives in Los Angeles.

“I have always been fascinated with the view from an aircraft. It is one of the reasons I got my pilot’s license at the age of 17,” says Milstein. “You not only see things in a different way, but you can discover things not possible to see on the ground.”

The book’s 120 large-format photographs, snapped from high-resolution cameras mounted on helicopters with a stabilizing gyro, offer a powerful, fresh way to compare the two metropolises.

“For example, the large housing development known as Park La Brea in L.A. has a geometric site plan that includes circles and squares and spirals that are based on Masonic geometry, because the developers were Masons,” comments Milstein. “From the air it is clearly revealed, but on the ground you have no idea it looks that way. To some extent, [New York’s] Stuyvesant Town has similarities. It was built by the same developers.”

The book’s 120 large-format photographs, snapped from high-resolution cameras mounted on helicopters with a stabilizing gyro, offer a powerful, fresh way to compare the two metropolises.

“For example, the large housing development known as Park La Brea in L.A. has a geometric site plan that includes circles and squares and spirals that are based on Masonic geometry, because the developers were Masons,” comments Milstein. “From the air it is clearly revealed, but on the ground you have no idea it looks that way. To some extent, [New York’s] Stuyvesant Town has similarities. It was built by the same developers.”

New York: The 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center.
Los Angeles: Beverly Hills.
New York: Columbus Circle.
Los Angeles: Universal Studios, Hollywood.
New York: 432 Park Avenue.
Los Angeles: The beach.
New York: Stuyvesant Town.
Los Angeles: Park La Brea.

This article was originally posted on Architectural Digest.

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