Hopefully, you won't run into overzealous rent-a-cops who think they are interrupting a terror cell's plot by hassling a photographer. All this BS about terror plots being preceded by photographic reconnaissance is what people see in action thrillers based on fictitious incidents.
...and that's the worst you're likely to run into - an overzealous rent-a-cop.
Originally Posted by TheDreadPirateRobins
I have had a few times where I didn't have a permit and "the man" has made me leave, its a bummer. It just really depends on where you are and if your obstructing the sidewalk/street. It also totally depends on the cop.
I have to tell you my story. I was worried about this a couple of years ago before a trip to NYC so I called the city (office of the mayor, I think). I got transferred a few times and finally got a nice young lady on the phone who was trying to be very helpful. I asked if I needed a permit for a tripod. The conversation went something like this (somewhat streamlined):
NYL = Nice young lady
ICT = Idiot Canadian tourist
NYL: How big is your crew?
ICT: (after thinking for a few seconds) Well... there is the wife, but that's about it.
NYL: (after a long pause and, I think, a bit of a sigh) You do not need a permit.
ICT: Gee, thanks
NYL; You are welcome. Try not to block the sidewalk and enjoy your stay.
They stay out of NYC :rolleyes:
Some places in the city forbid tripods.
The Metropolitan is one. Most cops
will shoo you off if you try to set one
up on a subway platform.
Anyone interested in a large format wander around on Governors Island this weekend?
PS Apologies for attempted hijacking of this thread
I am tempted to say that Intelligent Canadian Tourists go to California, but that would just be to stir up another pot.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass