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Taking pictures in NYC

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Ok, I am headed to NYC for the very first time next week, and I plan on taking my camera along with me to take pictures of buildings and the skyline, etc. I am however worried about what kind of response I can expect for doing such a thing. I know NYC is obviously a big tourist destination, and cameras will be all over the place, but I have heard stories about cops taking cameras away, or making people delete pictures, and I was wondering, is this common? Is it even legal? What should I do if this situation occurs. I know I am probably a little more worried about this than I should be, but I really don't want to get in trouble with the local PD, or lose my camera for no good reason, and I want to know my rights before I head there.
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lol nobody is going to steal your camera, don't worry.

The biggest response you'll get is a security guy coming out the building and asking you to move out, but that depends on the building, and how long you take to shoot.
But what you do is just cross the street and take pictures on the other sidewalk.

Now the MTA might piss you off on the subway. I think it's illegal, but who will stop you for taking out your point and shoot out for a few shots? If you have bulky equipment and are setting up your tripod, then yes, you'll probably get somebody to ask you to clear off, but that would be if there were cops around and on the big stations.

Eventually if you start trying to peek into construction sites you might get a few frowns, but nothing serious. If you try and sneak inside, then you might be in a bit more trouble.

I am no legal expert, but I doubt anyone can take that camera away from you or make you delete your pictures if you stay on the sidewalk and mind your business.
Get inside a building, inside the subway system, or on a bridge, that's when you might expect someone asking you to scram, but there would be signs prohibiting photography to warn you anyway.
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It is not illegal to take take photos in the subway, but just avoid flash if possible.

"Photography, filming or video recording in any facility or conveyance is permitted except that ancillary equipment such as lights, reflectors or tripods may not be used. Members of the press holding valid identification issued by the New York City Police Department are hereby authorized to use necessary ancillary equipment. All photographic activity must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Part."
I have tens of thousands of photos of New York City... You will be fine.
To learn what you can and cannot do, keep a copy of the Photographers Rights with you.
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