Just because Coney Island’s Parachute Jump has been “under construction” for years, and it’s illegal to bungee jump off New York City’s bridges, doesn’t mean you can’t get airborne in and around the five boroughs. Oh no, no no. If a hot air balloon ride isn’t enough to get your heart pumping, maybe it’s time to go a little more extreme.

Air traffic laws (and common sense) prevent you from hang-gliding through Midtown; but there are plenty of other thrilling options. Within one hour of Manhattan in most directions you can find tons of great adventures (some of which provide excellent New York City views).

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