"Best $2k I Ever Spent!" Ventura Helicopter Ride To The Hamptons

by Rachelle Hruska · September 4, 2009

Go HERE for more photos of our Ventura Air Excursion!

If you haven't left yet for wherever it is you are spending Labor Day Weekend, we suggest you do so in the next hour.  The LIE (Long Island Expressway) is sure to be jammed all afternoon and well into the evening as city dwellers flock out east.  You could end up spending hours in a car (which, with the right people could be more fun than you think), or you could hop on a Helicopter and be at your destination (for us, Hamptons) in less time than it takes to watch an episode of Mad Men.  Team GofG had a chance to experience first hand, the benefits of being rich being able to fly across the NY skies last Friday, thanks to Ventura Air and Nik Tarascio (CEO of Air East). They have been getting Manhattanites with means to their vacation spots out east for over 50 years.

The trip included Paper Magazine's Peter Davis, Graphic Designer Ashley Simko, and GofG's Sarah Mandato, James Brooks, and ME!  Along with our amazing pilot, Stretch Ryder.  I can't tell you how beautiful it was seeing New York City from hundreds of feet above!

The view of our beautiful city on way back

Ashley Simko is excited!

Sarah Mandato, Peter Davis, Rachelle Hruska, James Brooks

I was co-pilot on way back!

McMansions

Captain Stretch pointing out things to Ashley Simko

Looking down on the suckers on the LIE

We made it home safely!

With Nik Tarascio (middle)