A weekend trip to the Hamptons is a favorite rite of passage of New Yorkers—but what if you don’t have time to spend hours traveling on the Jitney and sitting on the Long Island Expressway? That’s where BLADE comes in. This new short distance aviation company is powered by a mobile app that allows passengers to book flights on privately-owned helicopters and seaplanes that leave directly from various points in Midtown Manhattan, preventing riders from suffering through the hassle of airports, not to mention a gridlock of ground traffic. Flights to the Hamptons range from 30 minutes to an hour, so you can pop up to Montauk for lunch and be back in time for dinner. HeliNy also offers aerial tours of New York and its boroughs, but without nearly as sleek a booking system.
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