NY Times: New York City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography. Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks.
Combine money-grubbing officials with paranoia, and you get this absurd situation…
Update: Jon Garfunkel, in the comments and in an email, persuades me that I was unfair in this posting by assuming only one side. Nonetheless, the ACLU’s concerns (in the article) strike me as more believable than the city’s assurances.