By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
Published: 12:22 EST, 10 January 2018 | Updated: 12:44 EST, 10 January 2018
From soaring skyscrapers to wide open parks and majestic rivers, New York is perhaps the most recognizable city anywhere in the world.
But you might struggle to pick out some of the city's landmarks in these pictures by Humza Deas, 21, after he managed to get a fresh perspective on the Big Apple.
Deas captured images of Grand Central, the Flatiron Building and the Chrysler Building from a bird's eye view.
Humza Deas, 21, made some of New York's most famous landmarks unrecognizable by photographing them from above. Left is the Chrysler Building and right is Grand Central
Deas made his name climbing skyscrapers to get his shots, but has now switched to flying above the city instead. Left is the Flatiron Building and right is the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Stuyvesant Town, in lower Manhattan, forms a mesmerizing series of geometric shapes from the air that is not immediately obvious from the ground. Right is Central Park looking downtown with the Empire State Building visible
Deas hit the headlines before when he was just 17 when he was climbing to the top of bridges and some of New York's tallest buildings to capture the perfect photo.
At that time, he spoke with New York Magazine about the growing popularity of urban exploration, the drive to take the perfect photograph of New York City, and about receiving death threats for speaking with the media.
He got the idea to start climbing earlier that year, while watching a viral video of two Russian daredevils scaling the 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower, still under construction in China.
The first-person video was so intense that his hands began to sweat as he held his phone.
'I was like, damn, this is so dangerous,' he told New York Magazine
Then he saw the otherworldly scenes they captured while clinging to a crane at the top, where skyscrapers poked out of a sea of clouds.
'I'm thinking, hey, they're in China, they're not in New York,' Deas said. 'I can show New York this kind of photography.'
Union Square Park (left) shows off its fall colors while Washington Square Park is tricky to recognize from the air, with its signature arch and fountain obscured from view
Tiny figures are just about visible left as they play on a basketball court at Queensbridge Houses, overlooking the Queensborough Bridge, while the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge is seen right above an autumnal Astoria Park
Residents of the Lower East Side of Manhattan gather for a game of basketball in Tompkins Square Park, watched from above by photographer Humza Deas
A couple walk through the fall leaves in Central Park (left), while the Empire State Building rises over Union Square Park (right)
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