The view of Manhattan from Brooklyn
The Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park / Photo by Joe Newman
We made a quick trip to Manhattan last weekend to see Lamia’s cousins, who were visiting from France. We had a 9:30 p.m. reservation at The Grocery in Brooklyn, which was perfect for capturing a sunset shot at the Brooklyn Bridge before dinner.
I brought my tripod but didn’t start worrying about whether it was allowed until after I got to the bridge. I had heard about photographers getting hassled or even ticketed in New York City for using tripods and started getting a little nervous when I passed a couple cops and one of them gave my tripod shoulder bag a strange look.
It was hardly reassuring when I got to the boardwalk and promenade that runs along the water and saw there were plenty of people with DSLRs but no tripods.
However, when I got to the spot I had scouted out on flickr and Google maps, I saw someone sitting on the concrete seating area with a tripod. By the time the sun had set, there were at least three other photographers using tripods. So, while I don’t know if tripods are officially allowed in the park, it didn’t seem to be a problem when I was there.
I shot these photos from the Pebble Beach area of Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is just on the west side of the Manhattan Bridge.