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Old 01-05-2011, 08:33 PM
Location: New York
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Hi! I love watching planes take off & land. I've been to "Planeview Park" a couple of times. 2wice during last summer & once during the Fall taking pics w/ my Nikon Coolpix. Great pics. NO! I'M NOT A TERROIST!! Just love Flying & am so fascinated w/ how these planes are SO TREMENDOUSLY HUGGGGE!! AND that these pics will help me to keep my eye on my Career goal of Moving Down to Austin. I Really loved "SxSW"!!
Anyway, I have a YouTube account where in my Favs. I have some "Plane Spotting" Vids from other people like me taking Vids. So, I bought my 1st Camcorder last week & inspired by these "Plane Spotters" (People who are Plane Enthusiasts or Loves watching Planes as a HOBBY!!) I had to record my Own instead of watching others on YouTube.
1stly, w/ the times I've been to Planeview Park I NEVER had an Encountership w/ the Cops. Today, was the 1st. When I got there in the morn. (I wanted to take Vids of them lined up Departing on Runway 4 which is in front of park.), but saw No Planes taking off except on Runway 31. The Park was empty when I got there. I noticed that "Mr. Donald Trump's" plane was there too. Now, I'm guessing that his presence had to do w/ these planes taking off @ another runway leaving Runway 4 Dead (his plane was next to Runway 4). THO' I did see a couple of planes landing & taxiing (parking) into their gates. SO, I took out my Camcorder stood on my Step Stool Ladder & started recording. There wasn't that much Planes, but did manage to get a couple. HOWEVER, after I got my 3rd one a Cop car pulls up from behind me & asks me what I'm doing. I GOT SCARED!!! (I Hate Cops! I think I have a "Cop Phobia" afraid they'll swoop me up & send me to Jail!) They asked what I was doing & asked questions. I showed them my ID & 1 said "& you live on "blankety blank street" & questioned me about why I was there from the Bronx recording Planes AND How I Got there (that is if I drove or took transportation I told them that I took a bus). When I told them that I took a bus 1 officer made some comment like "you took a bus??" like as I was going out of my way from the Bronx out to Queens. I mean Queens is NOT FAR from the Bronx & I don't think that ONLY QUEENS RESIDENTS are the ONLY Ones who go to Planeview Park to Watch Planes.
Also, I told them I was doing this b/c I was doing an Art Project (I couldn't just tell them "Oh, Officer I want to Move Down to Austin & I want to have these Vids/Pics as a Motivational Goal."). Then they asked me what kind of Art Project & what school I was going to. I told them that I was Planning to Go to School next Fall & that I was doing this on my own. Then, they asked if I had a job & Where I worked & told me if they saw me again I would be locked up.
So, here are My 4 QUESTIONS:

1) HOW Do THESE "PLANE SPOTTERS" get to Record these Vids W/OUT being Stopped like me?? (THEY are MORE into Planes than I Am! They Are Into the Planes' Model & make, etc., etc. like something like the "MD-80" which is to me a "whatever I don't care what model, etc.")

Please Check Out some of these YouTube Vids to see what these Plane Spotters took:
A) "American Airlines MD-80 Go Around"
B) "Morning 757 Traffic at New York LaGuardia"
C) "LaGuardia Airport Landings and Takeoffs"

2) I mean, if this park is known for Plane Spotters Recording & taking pics then (w/ all due respect) Why don't they (Cops) just STOP THEM!! They might as well STOP ALL PLANE SPOTTERS (from Taking Pics & Vids)!! I mean if you read about this Park - this Park IS KNOWN For people playing w/ their kids, picnicking, making out w/ their boy/girlfriend, AND Watching Planes. PLUS, you have VAUGHN COLLEGE Right Next door?? Don't these Cops know about "PLANE SPOTTERS"?? I know b/c of 9/11, but still.
I know there wasn't anyone in the park (just me) & I'm wondering if I must have "stuck out like a sore thumb".

3) Was it b/c I was the only 1 in the Park or that maybe b/c of "Trump's" plane being there? Meaning did I choose the wrong time??!!

4) Was I supposed to have some "Plane Spotting" ID used Only for "Plane Spotters?"

Oh, & by the way since I live in the Bronx near the Whitestone Bridge & planes fly over my house (but not close like in Planeview Park) I used to take pics (B/F I discovered about Planeview Park). SO - since I took pics (when I 1st bought my Nikkon Coolpix) in my neighborhood
How Come I Didn't Get Stopped Here as well??!!! There are Cops in the Bronx too! I mean like they say "Anyone could be a terroist" (again, which I'm not. I'm just saying why in 1 place & not the other?). Is it just in Queens??
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:30 PM
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This is outrageous. Next time you go, print out a copy of this and hand it to them to read.

This is the NYPD telling its own officers that photography is legal.
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