Yesterday marked the beginning of Fleet Week, when thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from around the world descend on New York City in a celebration of all things nautical. This morning, the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s aerobatic flight squadron, flew over and around the city as part of the Fleet Week festivities.
Unfortunately, their flight received little advance publicity. Many people in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn heard the jet engines overhead and, feeling as though they were in a replay of September 11, 2001, braced themselves, waiting for the sounds and smells of an enormous crash.
As the jets continued to roar above, New Yorkers called each other, switched on the news and rushed to the rooftops to see what was happening. Once we knew that we were safe, many of us ran downstairs and grabbed cameras. These images were shot from my rooftop.