Why Rent A Lift In NYC?

An interesting byproduct of the upward growth New York City and other dense urban populations worldwide have encountered is the need for reliable aerial work platforms. There are a number of tasks that can, and do, require the use of an aerial lift to complete. For many businesses, renting an aerial work platform in NYC is a normal and necessary part of doing business in the Big Apple, although the need is hardly limited to business and building owners.

Needs Lift Rentals Serve

lift-nyc-img Why Rent A Lift In NYC?Building Cleaning & Maintenance

Thanks to the wind tunnels created by streets and rows of tall buildings, New York City’s high rises suffer from a large amount of dust and general debris damage. The side of buildings are consistently pummeled by small assaults from things kicked up by the wind. Eventually, windows need to be cleaned and replaced, building faces need to be painted or cleaned, and tough-to-access utilities need to be maintained; all of these things require workers to access the side of the building. Doing so without a platform lift involves suspension and increased risk for worker safety.

The Piano

In old movies and cartoons, a common scene centered around the Baby Grand piano getting craned into a lofty living space, creating a perilous situation for the passersby below. Today, pianos aren’t as common as couches, refrigerators, and other major furniture pieces, but yet the need for bringing things in through a window or balcony is just as prevalent; terrace furniture, for instance, is often too large to bring through the living space and onto the terrace itself. Situations like this are best served with a lift to take things upward. Often times, renting an aerial lift is the best and easiest way to take things in that can’t quite go up the stairs.

Movies & Television Filming

This may seem surprising, but many shows are filmed using rental lifts to position cameras up high for more dynamic shots. In these instances, the studios obviously have no need for long-term ownership of a vertical platform lift, but an incredibly potent short-term need that prompts rental. Thanks to the diversity of character in New York City’s building and neighborhoods, a large number of shows and movies are filmed here. At Alpha Platforms, we even have specially-designed camera mounts for our aerial work platforms.


The wind energy industry is beginning to boom, especially on the East Coast. It is no surprise that it is windy here, but the extra benefit gained from this growth is reduced energy cost for major metropolitan areas, such as New York City. Windmills today are somewhere around 200 feet high, excluding the blades; while they are designed to be scaleable, there is a need for tools and equipment to get carted to the top for maintenance purposes. With our aerial lift rentals reaching 230 feet, Alpha Platforms can help those in the wind industry keep routine maintenance costs from becoming expensive replacements.

Nearly Endless Possibilities

With our aerial work platforms, nearly any height access work is possible. Whether you’re looking to do building work in New York City, move your favorite couch into your new condo, or something more rural, like wind turbine work or tree trimming, by renting a lift through Alpha Platforms, you can get all of your height access tasks done. Best of all, our truck-mounted rentals come with an experienced height access specialist to control the aerial work platform.

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Can Aerial Work Platforms Extend Downward?

When you think of aerial work platforms, you likely don’t think of downward extensions, but that is entirely possible with the lift rentals at Alpha Platforms. The applications for this interesting technology are more numerous than one may initially imagine.

Using Aerial Work Platforms Downward

The 7 Bend

rsz_2015-10-26_152004-1024x760 Can Aerial Work Platforms Extend Downward?Many of our lifts, especially taller boom lifts, have multiple joints that allow for some flexible folding. With tall buildings requiring a simultaneous vertical and horizontal lift, our boom lifts fill that need by using numerous joints and directional extensions. By allowing our aerial rental lift operators to move upward, forward, backward, and even downward, we can successfully reach shapes that are up and over an obstacle, such as a flat, terrace-like portion of a tall building. Typically, accessing these areas can be very difficult, as work crews can’t get a lift onto the terrace to reach the vertical windows above; by using a tall lift that can bend over the terrace, our experienced team can access the area from the street.

Below Ground Applications

downward Can Aerial Work Platforms Extend Downward?While rare, there are instances that require the height access work to occur below the truck; a few examples of this instance include:

  • Working on very steep inclines that do not allow for secure lift parking can require the lift basket to go below the point of the truck to reach a tree or building further down the incline.
  • Canyons or ravines that are too deep or dangerous to operate a lift from the basin will require a lift at the top to lower workers downward.
  • In the event of an earthquake or subway cave-in, accessing under the damaged area from a truck safely parked atop the remaining road is a viable solution.
  • Shorelines can often require maintenance, especially docks and seawalls. These areas can be difficult to access, even with divers, when they are tall and working from a boat is far less stable than a lowered aerial lift from land.


Many signs and buildings in New York weren’t designed with user maintenance in mind. These oddities can come in the form of electronic billboards adorning the side of a layered building, access panels located closely between two buildings, or any other up-and-over access point. By using our tallest boom lifts, your height access can ascend upward, forward, and then downward to access the area that needs work. This rare feature allows for workers to not be confined to tall ladders at perilous heights, but instead work from a stable and comfortable cage or platform. We frequently find use for this up-and-over or around-and-behind technology when assisting with Time Square advertising maintenance.

Contact Alpha Platforms Today

Get in touch with Alpha Platforms for the highest quality aerial lift rentals in New York City. Our aerial work platforms come with a skilled operator to assist with the task at hand and ensure that your heights are safely and effectively accessed. Learn more about the Alpha Platforms difference for yourself today!

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Importance of Boom Lifts in the Film Industry

Every profession has tools of the trade that, while not absolutely necessary, can help to create a convenient work environment and, ultimately, a better finished product. For the film industry, the absolute must-haves are pretty limited: Sound and filming gear, cast, editing crew, and some other odds-and-ends that always seem to fill themselves in;  however, the cost of major productions reaches such great heights because of the peripheral costs, one of it which is boom lift rentals.

Aerial Shot Impact

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If you’ve ever watched an action movie, you’ve undoubtedly seen the impact that a boom lift can have on a scene; simply by being able to literally reach new heights, filming takes on a whole new range of depth. In outdoor action scenes, such as a car chase, it is crucial to be able to see everything that is going on at once, and the only way to do that is with a higher vantage point. Using a boom lift is different from simply building a platform from which a cameraperson can film from; instead, the boom is able to explore any vertical direction, even downward, to bring the camera to exactly where it needs to be for a certain shot. We’re able to enjoy action scenes that appear to be filmed “over the shoulder” of our heroes and heroines, only to pan out at a much higher angle, all thanks to the use of a boom winch.

how-aerial-works Importance of Boom Lifts in the Film IndustryHow Aerial Filming Works

When a company decides where they want to film a particular scene that requires aerial filming, they contact a company like Alpha Platforms in New York City, together, with the help of city permits, they work out the logistics of the filming and rental dates and times. Then, using a specialized camera mount, the boom is adapted to provide the camera operator with a nearly effortless utilization from just about any height. It is then the camera and boom operator’s job to work together to coordinate the location and angle of the boom relative to the scene and the camera relative to the boom to determine the exact angle and depth of the shot. While that all sounds complicated, it ends up working out not unlike firefighters using a high-rise hose attached to a fire truck’s cherry picker, except, of course, they’re shooting film and not water.

boom-lift-feat-1024x536 Importance of Boom Lifts in the Film IndustryBoom Supplier Responsibilities

The boom lift rental company is looked to as the experts for everything when it comes to the boom operation during filming. After all, it is unlikely that anyone in a filming operation is licensed or even knows how to operate a specific boom lift, and almost no filming operation has the time it takes for someone to learn. So, most often, one or more skilled operators from the boom lift rental company gets the privilege of a behind-the-scenes look as they operate the lift on behalf of the production. At Alpha Platforms, we take our responsibility as agents in a larger production seriously, and always enjoy helping with boom lift operation for NYC films and movies. In our line of work, precision and safety is always key to a successful job, and never is that more true than in the filming industry; if there needs to be a take two, it won’t be on account of us!

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Best NYC Films

Los Angeles to New York, two cities that may as well be worlds apart; in addition to the vast distance separating these megacities, is the completely different look, feel, attitude, and even reputation. While Hollywood may be famously LA, that has never stopped writers, producers, and directors from setting The Big Apple is the literal or fictional scene for their films and shows. As a boom lift rental company, Alpha Platforms is proud to help bring New York City to the big screen through aerial filming; today, we’ll share a few of our favorite New York City films and franchises.

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This series may not seem like the most obvious choice for a limited list, but, in a number of ways, we believe it is. First off, it is worth mentioning that both the original and re-invented Ghostbusters franchises feature casts from the famed New York show, Saturday Night Live. This simple fact, plus the expert utilization of some incredible local landmarks, has made the goofy sci-fi franchise both a success and also a representation of the city itself. Plus, these films famously use aerial filming to capture the grandiosity of large ethereal villains, dangerous situations, and even some high-speed driving scenes. While not thought of as action movies, these films pack enough aerial filming in them to credit the description in our minds!

taxi-driver-200x300 Best NYC FilmsTaxi Driver

Somehow, Taxi Driver captures the spirit of New York on an individual level. Maybe it’s found in young Robert De Niro’s famous “you talkin’ to me?” line or just the film’s gritty realism, it seems to deliver a uniquely New York image. This is one of those movies that will capture anyone’s heart if they watch it enough, but probably none more than those that grew up (especially poor) in any of the NYC boroughs. Best of all, the film was allegedly filmed during a time of political unrest, with strikes, violence, and intense heat making for a difficult shoot, yet the end product seems to show none of that struggle in an unintentional way.

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From Deadpool to Daredevil, it seems like just about every superhero has a movie or show set in NYC. While these movies aren’t necessarily known for their depth in plot, they do gross huge amounts in the box offices and give New Yorkers a chance to see what it would be like if aliens, heroes, titans, and villains all had a hayday amidst the skyscrapers we hardly seem to notice anymore. There’s something fun and imaginative about superhero films; even though we all seem to know about where they’re going to take us, there’s something comforting in the journey of it. We’ve watched the hero’s struggle play out time and time again with New York as a backdrop, yet it never seems to get old.

Our Rentals

At Alpha Platforms, we are proud to help take your film to new heights with our boom lift mounts designed for aerial filming. Our skilled operators know exactly how to get your camera operators in position throughout a continuous shot. Whether you’re bringing the next superhero box office breakout or just wanting a more dramatic angle for a coffee scene shot, we’ve got the tools and experience necessary for the job. Get our skilled boom lift operators for your next project by giving us a call today.

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Changing Skyscraper Windows

Simple tasks are made difficult when height is added. At over a hundred feet in the air, nearly any task can go from simple to complicated. For the skyscrapers of New York City, lift rentals are often necessary to simply change out a window. Setting up a lift rental to work both inside and outside of the building simultaneously may seem complicated, but is often far easier than the alternative.

The Basics of High Rise Window Changing

Working At Heights in NYC

In NYC, working at heights is a way of life. Entire industries exist simply to support the vertical nature of our homes and businesses and the problems that come with height. High-rise window washers work throughout the city in scaffolding and harnesses each and every day; imagine the effort it takes to not only clean, but replace a window at height. For most, the thought of working at heights is terrifying beyond belief, but the process is actually much safer than you might imagine.

skyscraper1 Changing Skyscraper WindowsCoordination

The first step toward changing a high-rise window is to be coordinated. When you’re multiple stories of the ground, any mistake can be a costly one. Something as simple as a screw falling from that kind of height can really hurt someone, and those small mistakes have to be avoided at all costs. The way this happens is through clear, concise communication and coordination. Often, individuals on the window installation and repair team will be both inside the building behind the now-missing window and others will be outside, either in a lift rental or scaffolding from the roof, and together they must fit the window snugly and securely into the track.

It Fits!

Not surprisingly, the manufacturers and installers of skyrise windows build them with a few basic principles in mind: 1) They should never, ever fall out and 2) They have to be able to be easily replaced. Unlike with windows at a typical ground-level building, those working at heights don’t have the luxury of being able to make adjustments and movements on the fly. The replacement window has to fit snugly into the track that holds the window in place or there is a huge risk for injury and liability going forward. The people of NYC trust that the windows and fixtures installed above them are made to be secure components of the building, whether they’re replacements or not. For those that know how to change out a skyrise window, getting the fit is surprisingly simple.

Skilled Operators

It is important that operator of the lift rental is able to safely and effectively navigate the basket to the appropriate position, often with window and crew included. At Alpha Platforms, we include an experienced lift operator with every rental to assist with whatever your task at hand may be. Our team knows and understands the intricacies of working at heights and is happy to offer our expertise in any way that is beneficial to the safety and success of the job.

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Freight Transport in Alaska: The Haul of the Wild

Alaska distinguishes itself from the lower 48 states by its abundance of natural resources—crude oil, natural gas, and seafood—as well as breathtaking mountain ranges and vast acres of unspoiled land.

It also presents logistics challenges: a small but widely dispersed population, many in locales reachable only by water or air; highly rugged terrain in much of the state; extreme weather; and limited rail and road infrastructure.

Only 31 percent of Alaska’s roads are paved. Central Alaska is where the roads are, but they don’t reach southeast Alaska—which typically requires barge transport—or rural Alaska, where barge can reach the outskirts, but air is required


Reducing Freight Costs

Transportation prices have risen over the past year, but shippers can cut those costs through smart planning. Tim Benedict, senior director of transportation at APL Logistics, offers the following tips for reducing freight costs.

1. Don’t wing it. Electing to use international air instead of expedited ocean for the majority of hot shipments could leave a boatload of savings on the table. Consider time-definite ocean shipping—it typically costs 75 percent less than air, and is often just as reliable.

2. Ship air-sea or sea-air. Even when circumstances require the use of international air, don’t rule out ocean shipping. Depending on when your goods are due to be delivered, it may still be possible to fly them a portion of the journey, then load them onto an ocean vessel for the rest. The result is fewer miles for your products to travel, and lower freight bills.

3. Let transportation drive your warehouse selection. Choose your distribution centers (DCs) for their transportation efficiency rather than their attractive leasing rates or tax incentives. If a low-cost location adds too many miles or hand-offs to your supply chain, higher shipping bills will offset any location savings.

4. Take advantage of DC bypass. If your company sources globally, but only operates DCs hundreds of miles inland, consider a deconsolidation center near your ports of entry to direct-ship products to nearby customers. This will reduce redundant transportation expenses.


Perishable Logistics: Cold Chain on a Plane

In perishable logistics, time is of the essence to ensure produce, flowers, fish, and other products reach their destinations while they still offer maximum appeal and shelf life. As a result, many of these goods move via air.

But the potential complications of shipping perishables via air are legion: The trans-Atlantic airfreight space for a produce shipment is booked—but the peppers aren’t ready for harvest. Top New York chefs are writing premium Icelandic cod into their menus in anticipation of delivery—but the fish is sitting in a fog-induced backlog at the Keflavik airport. Holland tulips are loaded into the belly of a passenger aircraft—but then the pilot orders several coolers pulled off to free up weight for extra fuel.

The uncertainty inherent in grown or caught product—combined with the potential vagaries of air transport—means managing perishable logistics demands specific expertise. “The greatest challenge is to maintain the cold chain, which varies from product to product,” says Alvaro Carril, senior vice president of sales and marketing for LAN Cargo, a cargo airline based in Santiago, Chile, and a subsidiary of LAN Airlines. LAN Cargo transports salmon and fruit from Chile, asparagus from Peru, and flowers from Ecuador and Colombia to the U.S. market.