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Philadelphia Skyline from a Mavic Pro 2

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Philly Sunrise Reflections

ChrisDantonio

Contributor Chris Dantonion used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this magnificent video of the Philadelphia skyline at sunrise.  If you see the shot which begins at the :30 mark, you'll see a shot of City Hall - it's the building with the clock and the statue on top.  Until the 1980's, no building was permitted which exceeded the height of City Hall: 167 meters (just under 550 ft.).  As you can see, lifting this restriction has fundamentally transformed the city's skyline.  

Philadelphia's Tallest Buildings

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Philly Phlight: January, 2018

ChrisDantonio

Contributor ChrisDantonio used a Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian to create this epic drone video of Philadelphia's skyline. Once limited by the height of its City Hall, the city now has one of the country's most impressive skylines. At the :20 mark, you'll see the city's five tallest buildings, from left to right: Comcast Technology Center, Comcast Center, the BNY Mellon Building, One Libert Place, and Two Liberty Place.  All have been built since 1987, when the informal height restriction was lifted.

The University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania

Chris Bonanno

Chris Bonanno created this drone video of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the group eight elite colleges known as the Ivy League.  Situated across the Schuykill River from downtown Philadelphia, Penn's current enrollment is about 21.6k students, of which a bit less than half are undergraduates.  Ranked #8 among national universities in the 2019 US News & World Report survey,  the school is especially well known for its graduate programs; its Wharton School was the first post-graduate business school.  

The South Philadelphia Sports Complex

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Philadelphia's Sports Complex

Chris Bonanno

One opf the USA's great sports cities, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has chosen to concentrate its enthusiasm for professional sports into the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.  This is the location of the city's three most prominent sports venues: Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team; Citizen's Bank Park, home of baseball's Phillies; and Wells Fargo Center, home of the 76ers (basketball) and Flyers (hockey).  Check out the PSC from above in this video by Chris Bonano.  

Delaware River: Ben Franklin Bridge

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Ben Franklin Bridge Sunrise Hyperlapse

ChrisDantonio

The first bridge to cross the Delaware River in Philadelphia was the Delaware River Bridge, which connects the Pennsylvania city to neighboring New Jersey.  Now  known as the Ben Franklin Bridge, it opened in 1926, in connection with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.  When built, its 530 meter (roughly 1.75k ft.) main span was the longest in the world.  See this beautiful bridge in hyperlapse, compliments of contributor Chris Dantonio and his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone.

Aerial Views of Temple University

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Sunsets and Skylines in 4K || Temple U || TarcyVision

tarcy_vision

Contributor Tarcy_Vision gives us this awesome aerial view of Temple University in the Mid-Atlantic city of Philadelphia.  Founded in 1884, it's one of the largest universities in Pennsylvania.  It's located in a neighborhood of North Philadelphia, more or less equidistant from the Delaware and Schuykill Rivers.  Its extensive professional schools graduate a large number of lawyers, pharmacists, engineers, and other professionals, many of whom find jobs in the Philadelphia area.  

Comcast: Transforming the Philly Skyline

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Comcast Campus in Philly

ChrisDantonio

Cable and media giant Comcast Corporation has almost singlehandedly transformed the skyline of Philadelphia, the second largest city on the USA's East Coast.  In 2008, its 58 story headquarters building became the city's tallest with a height of just under 300 meters (974 ft.).  A decade later, the company completed its 60 floor Comcast Technology Center, which has a height of 342 ft. (1,121 ft.).   The two Comcast Campus towers are on display in this excellent drone video by ChrisDantonio.  

Lemon Hill Mansion

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Fall in Philly at the Lemon Hill Mansion

ChrisDantonio

Lemon Hill is a historic mansion located in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, the city's largest.  It was built in the early 19th century by Henry Pratt, one of the city's leading merchants.  It sits on a site overlooking the east bank of the Schuykill River, near Boathouse Row.  The mansion was extensively restored in the early 20th century and in 1972 it was placed on the USA's National Historic Register.  You can see this historic site in this drone video by Chris Dantonio.  

Schuykill River: Boathouse Row

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Philly Boathouse Row | DJI Mavic Pro

Jeff Walrich - TK-421

Contributor Jeff Walrich created this beautiful drone video of Philadelphia's historic Boathouse Row.  The site is located on the eastern bank of the Schuykill River, which defines the western boundary of the core of the city.  It consists of a group of 15 boathouses, each of which is associated with one of the city's rowing and social clubs.  These clubs have traditionally played an important part in the social life of the city, and the site continues to host annual rowing regattas.  

Philly Art Museum: In the Steps of Rocky

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Philadelphia Art Museum Hyperlapse

ChrisDantonio

Contributor ChrisDantonio used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this awesome hyperlapse of Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the most iconic sights in this city on the US East Coast.  The building opened in 1928, on the scenic Ben Franklin Parkway.  The building was a filming location for the 1976 blockbuster movie (and multiple  Academy Award winner) Rocky starring Sylvester Stallone; the scene where Rocky climbs the steps of the museum is one of the most famous in the history of film.

The William Penn Statue and City Hall

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360 Corkscrew around Billy Penn and City Hall in Philly

ChrisDantonio

Contributor ChrisDantonio created this beautiful 360 degree aerial view of one of the great landmarks of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: the statue of William Penn atop City Hall.  City Hall was completed in 1901 in Center City, Philadelphia's central business district.  The height of the building, including the statue, is 167 meters (just under 550 ft.).  When completed, it was the tallest habitable building in the world.  It remained the city's tallest building until a "gentlemen's agreement" on this point was lifted in the 1980's.  

Pine Valley Golf Course

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Pine Valley Golf Course, New Jersey

Chris Bonanno

Pine Valley Golf Club is situated in Camden County, New Jersey, in suburban Philadelphia.  Three times in the last decade (including in 2019), the course has appeared in the #1 spot in the highly influential Golf Digest annual ranking of the USA's top 100 golf courses.  Completed in 1913, no less an authority than Robert Trent Jones has called Pine Valley the toughest golf course in the world.  You can check out this famous course from a bird's eye perspective in this drone video by Chris Bonanno.    

Villanova University

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Villanova University, Pennsylvania

Chris Bonanno

Contributor Chris Bonanno used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this aerial tour of Villanova University in eastern Pennsylvania.  Founded in 1842, the private university is located in the eponymously named town, which is one of the Main Line suburbs northwest of downtown Philadelphia.  The university's enrollment is about 11,000, around 2/3 of which is undergraduate.  The school was recently ranked amongst the top 50 national universities in the US News & World Report annual college rankings.  

The Port of Philadelphia

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The Port of Philadelphia

Chris Bonanno

Located at the head of Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has always been an important port city.  While the City of Brotherly Love is no longer the manufacturing powerhouse it once was, its seaport and those of the neighboring cities together constitute one of the larger port areas in the eastern United States.  In this drone video by Chris Bonano, you'll get a bird's eye view of the port facilities along the western side of the Delaware River, just south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.    

Fairmount Park

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Desmoid Tumor Foundation's Running for Answers at Philadelphia Fairmount Park

Latitude 360°

Fairmount Park is the largest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It sits on both sides of the Schuykill River northwest of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Comparable to New York's Central Park in terms of importance to its host city, the original land was purchased by the City of Philadelphia before the Civil War.  Here's a great aerial video of the famous park, compliments of Latitude 360°.  The event which he filmed here was a run to benefit research studying on a type of connective tissue tumor.  

Camden's Massive Waterfront Renovation

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American Water Building, Camden NJ

Latitude 360°

Camden, New Jersey is one of the most important cities in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Located across the Delaware River from Central Philadelphia, Camden has a rich industrial heritage.  Following years of decline, the city is in the midst of a US $1 billion renovation of its waterfront.  In this drone video by Latitude 360°, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of the centerpieces of the redevelopment: the new headquarters building for American Water Works, the USA's largest privately-owned water utility company.  

Merion Golf Club

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Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania (East Course)

Chris Bonanno

Located in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, Merion Golf Club's East Course is one of the USA's top golf courses.  Designed after several well known English and Scottish courses, it opened in 1912.  The course has hosted five US Open Championships, and it was here that Bobby Jones clinched the Grand Slam by winning the US Amateur Championship in 1930.  Contributor Chris Bonanno created this drone video of the course, which was #6 in the 2019 Golf Digest ranking of the top 100 USA courses.    

FMC Tower, University City

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FMC Tower at Sunrise in Philly

ChrisDantonio

The construction of Philadelphia's Cira Centre South complex has transformed the look of the University City district, which sits on the west side of the Schuylkill River from the central business district.  The complex includes two skyscrapers, the taller of which is the 49 story FMC Tower.  With an architectural height of just under 225 meters (724 ft.) it's the city's #7 building by height as of 2019.  The tower was completed in 2016, two years after the center's shorter Evo tower was finished.  

Haverford College

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Haverford College, Pennsylvania

Chris Bonanno

Haverford College is one of the USA's top private liberal arts schools; in 2019, it was tied for #11 in the US News & World Report annual rankings for undergraduate-oriented liberal arts colleges.  It's located in the town of the same name in the heart of the Main Line suburban area northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The college was founded in 1833 by a Quaker group, althoyugh Haverford no longer has any religious affiliation.  Its student body numbers about 1,350.  

Philly Skyscrapers Dronelapse

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Foggy Philly Hyperlapse

ChrisDantonio

Contributor ChrisDantonio used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this amazing dronelapse of the five buildings which dominate the skyline of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  All are of relatively recent construction; until the late 1980's, an informal agreement limited buildings to the height of the William Penn statue atop City Hall.  The six buildings, in order of height, are Comcast Technology Center, Comcast Center, One Liberty Place, Two Liberty Place, BNY Center, and Three Logan Square.  

Mothballed Cruise Ship: SS United States

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Grand old Gal

PO3SMITH

When it was launched in 1952, the SS United States was one of the most impressive ocean liners in the world.  The largest ship ever consructed in the USA, it set numerous Atlantic crossing speed records.  In 1996, the ship was essentially mothballed by being parked in the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In this drone video by PO3SMITH, you'll get a bird's eye view of the vessel, which was designed to be converted to use as a troop carrier in the event of war.

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