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Occurred : 6/1/2005 17:35 (Entered as : 06/01/1905 15:35)
Reported: 6/1/2005 4:32:20 PM 16:32
Posted: 6/20/2005
Location: New York City (Astoria; Queens), NY
Shape: Rectangle
Duration:5 minutes
Rectangular-Shaped greyish-black object flying low over Astoria, Queens and Manhattan's West Side

At 5:35pm June 1st, 2005, I witnessed a rectangular-shaped greyish black object making a lazy circle over Astoria, Queens at about 1000 feet.

The object was thin when viewed head-on. I cannot estimate the size accurately, but given the range at least 500 feet, but less than 1000 feet long, and 100-200 feet wide.

The object flew over Astoria Queens at Astoria Boulevard, then made a wide circle and flew over the East River to the island of Manhattan, turning to fly south down its spine on Manhattan's west side.

The duration of the sighting was 5 minutes.

The first thought I had was, it was a banner being towed. However, at no time did I see an airplane towing it, and there was no writing or advertisement on the greyish black object.