These Colourful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighbourhoods From Above

By Alissa Walker on at

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein is known for getting stunning shots of our culture from above; we previously covered his aerial photographs of cruise ships. For his new series LANY he photographed the two cities from a helicopter. While these views don’t necessarily feel unfamiliar (thanks Google Earth!), his composition and colour transform them into magical landscapes.

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

“I want to show things from the perspective that few people get to see, that I find beautiful and fascinating,” Milstein told Wired. “It’s that view of earth where you see how things relate geometrically, like the Park La Brea housing development (above)—you would never see that amazing, Mason-inspired geometry from the ground.”

While these urban patchwork quilts are stunningly gorgeous on their own, one of the most amazing things about the project is that Milstein shot New York and LA exactly the same way, and it’s fun to start comparing the two cities as seen from the sky.

New York’s Financial District is filled with decorative Beaux Arts towers

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

While LA’s downtown is flat-top skyscrapers are dominated by helipad graphics

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

NYC’s Times Square seems to pulse with neon and movement

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

Universal Studios feels like a tiny, toy version of a theme park

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

Shipping containers are stacked in LA’s port like hundreds of tiny Lego bricks

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

New York’s most famous monument is just a green blob on a striking slab of geometry

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

Los Angeles’s low-slung bungalows are dotted by pools

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

New York’s city blocks of apartments still have a surprising amount of trees

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

Check out all Milstein’s images from Los Angeles and New York City. LANY shows are currently up at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles and Benrubi Gallery in New York City, both through August 22nd.

[Jeffrey Milstein]