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Occurred : 2/26/1993 05:00 (Entered as : 02/26/93 5:00)
Reported: 9/7/2008 11:34:20 PM 23:34
Posted: 10/31/2008
Location: New York City, NY
Shape: Light
Duration:1.5-2 seconds
Bright White High Speed Light over Newark New Jersey/New York Harbor/Staten Island Area

I witnessed an event in the early part of 1993. I was in Manhattan, NYC, but the UFO(Light) flew over NJ and NY. It was winter and around late February. I don’t have the exact date, although I called Newark Airport and also left a message at a UFO Reporting 1-800 number, when it happened, and I don’t know if this was NUFORC, but I haven’t seen a similar event on your site. I’ve decided to send my account just for the record although it’s 15.5 years later.

I witnessed this from my then 31st story window on West42nd at 10th Ave. Manhattan looking SSW down the Hudson River past what was the World Trade Center. It was in the early morning hours at about 5AM. I was awake early studying for an exam. The morning light was just beginning to break (pre-sunrise) and the sky was overcast with a very high, thin layer of clouds. Visibility was good as I could see a few planes taking off and landing in the distance (11 miles) at Newark airport as per usual. Although the planes were like dots in the distance I could see their flashing lights and was very used to observing the speed and altitude, at which they flew, which by the way, appears to be very slow and very low from the 42nd St. vantage point.

As I was gazing out of the window I noticed a very bright white dash of light moving above the higher thin layer of clouds. It was shining through from above the clouds and came from the West near the area of the NJ/NY Statue of Liberty Harbor. It may have been further south at Newark airport, but was difficult to gauge at that high altitude. Based on the distance and how quickly it traversed the sky from WEST to EAST (in about 1.5-2 seconds), I estimate it was traveling at the speed of about 10+ miles per second, as it shot EAST across the sky from Jersey, over Staten Island towards the Verrazano Bridge/Atlantic Ocean (an air distance of about 15+ miles) and disappeared out of my range of view. It’s also difficult to accurately estimate the length of this light sliver, because I was far away and I only saw a light and not an object. I’ve taken into account the possibility of window reflections, but since I saw the slight fluctuations in the shape of the light from behind the clouds, as it traveled above and across the thin cloud cover, I’ve eliminated that possibility. I am an artist and do pay close attention to these details. Also there were no light beams or spotlights visible from the ground below either, and as it was still somewhat dark, I think I would have noticed. I saw something out of the ordinary and unidentifiable, at least to my knowledge. This was definitely not a commercial aircraft above the clouds as it was going way too fast and the light it emitted was so much brighter than anything I’ve ever seen from that distance. Anyway this is my report, given in as much detail as I can recall. Thanks for the opportunity to share my experience.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of incident is approximate. PD))