NYC Street Photography – City Council Hearing on 9/24/09

Mountain Goat on RocksNew York City previously updated its rules on photography on the streets of New York (see my previous blog for more information). Now, Picture New York has received the below invitation from the City Council to pass along. If you’ve had any interaction with law enforcement while taking photos in public space in NYC, this might be a good venue to talk about it. YOU ARE INVITED! If you can’t attend but have a compelling story to tell, write it up! Post in the comments section at

The Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM, in Chambers at City Hall. The hearing is entitled “Oversight: Procedures for Filming and Photographing in Neighborhoods throughout New York City.”

We would like to invite you and/or your colleagues from Picture NY to testify at the hearing pertaining to the film and photography regulations that went into effect in August 2008. Witnesses bring a prepared statement (approximately 2-3 minutes) and then answer questions from Council Members. Please bring approximately 20 copies of your testimony. We hope you will be able to join us.

PLEASE NOTE: It is an open hearing. You will sign up when you arrive. The Sergeant of Arms will have slips for you to fill out. Please give yourself ample time because of security checks before entering City Hall.

Thanks to Lisa Guido for submitting this topic.

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