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Grand Central Terminal closed early on October 28, 2012 in advance of Hurricane Sandy. This photo shows the largely empty Terminal after the last trains had departed.

 

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Aaron Donovan

  • discarted 3y

    How ironic the MTA has a flickr page and is posting photos of "high profile terrorist targets". Meanwhile, MTA staff and NYPD regularly harass and arres photographers for taking pictures of Grand Central Terminal and the rest of the subway.

    What a bunch of hypocrites.
  • Roadsidepictures 3y

    discarted Yep, a bunch of uneducated hypocrites.
  • Maykel Loomans 3y

    discarted Yes, I would have rather that no one had captured this moment in time.
  • discarted 3y

    @Maykel

    If you took the time to look at the SAR list (which was created by our fear-mongering government), MTA photographers would be considered suspicious and guilty of photographing a "high profile terrorist target", which includes all of their posted photos and especially photos of MTA exits and entrances, as well as subway infrastructure that is not accessible/viewable to the public.

    Do you not have a problem with government employees living by their own set of rules, while they and the NYPD harass, berate, and unlawfully arrest people for taking these exact same photos? More important, photographers are being told to delete their photos, or they'll be arrested.

    This not acceptable.

    www.aclu.org/spy-files-suspicious-activity-reporting
  • discarted 3y

    @ bigpaulinnyc2008

    Here you go...Joey Boots being harassed and ticketed by MTA police for taking pictures at Penn Station.

    gothamist.com/2011/05/27/photographer_on_cop_harassment_c...

    I'll let you go do your own Google searches regarding other photographers being harassed, ticketed, and arrested for photographing NYC's MTA.

    Also,

    "...and only if you give them attitude and lip when they are simply doing their jobs by at least asking what it is a photographer is doing, is when they will then give you an escort (either without or with handcuffs) off the property."

    The law does not require photographers or people to kowtow to police or answer any of their questions. Especially when they are performing a constitutionally protected activity while using the MTA. If a cop can't handle a little attitude and follow the law that he swore to uphold, then he needs to find a new job.

    Giving a cop "attitude" is not against the law, and more important, protected speech.

    Detaining someone for merely taking photos on the MTA is also an illegal detainment.
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