New York City, September 2008
I hadn't applied for a permit to shoot with a tripod at Grand Central, which is necessary to avoid trouble with the security, so I used this instead. I didn't miss the tripod at all since there are numerous places to lay your beanbag. No cop bothered me, in fact I didn't notice them at all.
Before my trip I heard some rumours that it's difficult to take pictures with a tripod in NYC since the US security assumes that you can place other things than a camera on your tripod... On the streets I had no problem at all. At Times Square I could place my tripod everywhere I wanted to, even in the middle of the street (you have to be really careful, those Cab drivers don't brake for photographers). In buildings like the Grand Central Terminal you definitely need a permission or you search for alternatives like I did. On the Empire State and Top of the Rock tripods are strictly not allowed. But monopods and beanbags like the above mentioned Black Pod are.
Also read about Sandmania's experiences at Grand Central Terminal.
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