You don't need your own plane or helicopter to get remarkable views of New York City. Check out a great post at the Ogle Earth blog on the combined project of Google Earth and Sanborn maps integrated with accurate photography of lots and lots of New York's buildings. Stefan also has some really nice screen captures to highlight this interesting project. Just zoom into New York City in Google Earth to see these buildings (with Buildings layer turned on, of course). Rendering was pretty quick.