Monday, October 12, 2009

Updated! Mysterious, low-flying helicopter returns...

I moved this post up top from yesterday afternoon... getting more reports that the thing is back hovering over the neighborhood this afternoon...




Circling now for like 20-30 minutes. Doesn't look like a police helicopter. I followed it to Avenue C after seeing it fly over Tompkins Square Park...

Previously.

28 comments:

Goggla said...

Uh oh, I knew I shouldn't have removed that tag from the mattress!

EV Grieve said...

Oh, so they were looking for YOU!

Anonymous said...

They were filming the new google maps Helicopter View.

Goggla said...

They're baaa-aaack! (11pm)

Anonymous said...

Over at 9th and 2nd. Sounded like they were about to crash into our building. What the hell is this??

Anonymous said...

at 7th and 2nd . . . sounded like it was going down but now still circling. so weird!

Anonymous said...

Yeah -- that was crazy loud! I'm on 9th btwn 1st and 2nd. Sounds like it's over now...

EV Grieve said...

It was back this morning... I heard it around 6:30... A little later, when I went out, it seemed to be staying above 10th Street, going to and from First Avenue and Avenue D and back...

Hank Warnimont said...

I heard it too. Sounds liek it was right outside my window at 11:30. Creepy...

Anonymous said...

seriously, what could be going on? i heard and saw the helicopter last night for at least a half hour around 10:30pm and now again at 11am?
i'm on first and 12th...

EV Grieve said...

I didn't hear it last night.

I followed the helicopter yesterday afternoon as it hovered. Didn't look like a police helicopter. I even saw two police officers staring up it as well. They sort of shrugged and got into their car....

I'm open to theories. When I saw that it didn't look like any "official" type helicopter, I figured it was related — possibly — to a film shoot. Or maybe Spike Lee/DeNiro's people were scouting locations for "Alphaville." Though this seems unlikely given last night's events (flying low, seemingly snooping around...)

Goggla said...

Saturday, there was a film crew from 48 Hours set up on 5th St to film the precinct. I don't know if this could be part of that...a helicopter seems pretty elaborate.

EV Grieve said...

Seems as if that helicopter flew around for 48 hours...

Krista said...

I heard it last week and last night too. 10ish last night. I'm on 2nd & B. creepy. I tried to google it, but nothing came up. They need to let us know. I thought we were under attack!

EV Grieve said...

Thanks, Krista. I still can't believe I didn't hear it last night.

Anonymous said...

has anyone thought to call 911? i called 311 last night but didn't follow through. i felt stupid. AND i think it's still flying around (4pm). so LOUD!

Alphabet City Soup said...

What would be scary is if you saw it but couldn't hear it. I'm sure it's just Hollywood doing their thing. At least they aren't making Ave. B rain for 30 minutes

EV Grieve said...

The bad thing, Alpahbet City Soup, is that I keep THINKING that I hear it. I'm pretty sure I did around 6 p.m.

And you're buying the Hollywood theory?

Bowery Boogie said...

maybe if we send up a distress signal or signal fire the chopper will land. start burning garbage...

Jill said...

I think it's for movies or TV. You know how all those overhead shots now all look like Googlemaps? Well I think that someone realizes they can't keep using it over and over.

Krista said...

Hey Guys. Not sure if this was a related incident, BUT I noticed in current issue of New York Mag, in the section where that have that little map of what's going on in the boroughs, that there was a note about a low flying helicopter in Chelsea. The note also explained that the residences were alerted that there would be a low flying helicopter last Thursday at 4pm for a movie shoot. So perhaps they also came to our side of the island and we didn't get a thoughtful warning?

EV Grieve said...

Hi Krista,

Thanks for the information! Sounds like a good possibility... Perhaps the west side wasn't realistic enough for them!

By the way, I saw a helicopter hovering again this evening around 6... seemed to be circling below 7th Street...between A and C, roughly.

TheDarkAss said...

I just saw this same helicopter up around the Bronx. Thought it was a police chopper.. but it circled mysteriously for about 20 minutes.

Anonymous said...

This morning, from around 6:10 am. It's now 6:54 am and it's still hovering. It's so loud! I got out of bed and turned on the news to see if anything was being reported. But no, nothing. This happened another morning this week too, same time...??

William said...

Well, I just googled "low flying helicopters circling neighborhoods" because we have been seeing the same thing here in the Chicago, IL. area for over 1 month now. One time couple weeks ago, I was able to get my binoculars on it. Blue & white, camera on the front..... No police or TV station markings though......
Circles for about 15-20 minutes, then leaves. No rhyme or reason. Sometimes broad daylight, just now, 11:30 pm. CDT. WEIRD is right.........

Anonymous said...

The helicopter was back last night (1/27/10). Woke me up at 4am, flying very low, was very loud. I'm at 12th and 1st in the EV. Really weird, I can't seem to find any answers.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks, anon. Several people have reported this. I haven't heard any explanation just yet.

Ulrich Sterling said...

AGAIN WITH THE CHOPPER!!!! this time Right above our BLDG on 7th and C. 4AM -5AM! WTF!!! My wife even called the police station to see if it was them.