New York City’s Downtown Manhattan Heliport, operated by Saker Aviation is one of the most recognized film locations in the greater downtown New York area. Blockbuster films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, and successful HBO series’ like Succession all have some direct roots tying them to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.
This 62 ft x 62 ft concrete helicopter landing facility, located at Pier 6 on the East River has been an integral piece of real estate for the downtown Manhattan area since December 8, 1960, when it was first opened to serve as a heliport shuttle location serving Newark Liberty International Airport (ECW), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). All scheduled flights to and from this location ceased activity in the mid-1980s. In 2009 all services were ceased to the heliport when US Helicopter ended its operations providing hourly flights to JFK.
The Downtown Manhattan Heliport now serves as the traditional landing facility for the President of the United States when he visits New York. This was also the heliport used by former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg to shuttle himself between Bloomberg L.P. and Johns Hopkins Universities when he was chairman of both institutions.
Besides being a history-rich location in the downtown Manhattan area, this is one of the most used locations for film and television alike.
The Downtown Manhattan Heliport has served as a backdrop for several movies and television shows. Being centrally located in this area makes this location such an unbelievable huge draw for production companies and directors looking for the ideal New York helicopter landing facility to tie into those fantastic film franchises.
Hollywood’s blockbusters like the 1997 comedy Fool’s Rush In, Michael J. Fox’s For Love or Money, and USA’s hit TV show White Collar have all successfully implemented the heliport into their scripts to make the memorable moments that have defined the heliport over the years.
Who could forget when Logan Roy of the absurdly rich Roy family on the HBO series Succession when he made the impromptu proposal, “It’s time to play the game” at his 80th birthday lunch that it meant taking several helicopter rides from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport!
The Downtown Manhattan Heliport is now the headquarters for Saker Aviation. This terminal not only contains the Saker Aviation Operations Center, but it also contains a pilot lounge, administrative office space, VIP lounge, and passenger waiting area that will rival any Metropolitan Airport. You get a pleasantly heated and air-cooled facility that has seen constant improvement, updates, design, and innovation since the very first helicopter landed at the terminal over five decades ago!
The Downtown Manhattan Heliport offers a convenient and enjoyable helicopter service access point for business people and tourists alike. With over a half-century of rich history, DMH will allow its passengers an unforgettable Air New York Experience supplied by a leader and innovator of privately chartered aviation, Saker Aviation.