Friday evening, seconds after I took this picture (an unsuccessful attempt to get the Silvercup sign and the sunset reflected in the side of a moving train), an NYPD cop walked up to me and asked me if I was taking pictures of the tracks. I replied that no, I was taking pictures of the sunset and the sky.
She told me that it was illegal to take pictures on a subway platform. I responded that, to the best of my knowledge, it wasn't -- and that MTA regulations specifically permit photography. She repeated that it was illegal, and said that "I'm not going to hassle you, I just want you to know that this isn't allowed."
(So she sees someone supposedly breaking the law and lets it slide?)
I reiterated that, as far as I was aware, I wasn't breaking any laws. She repeated that she was cutting me a break and that other cops might not be so nice.
She was pleasant, polite, and courteous, but very firm in her conviction that I was breaking the law. I decided not to insist, because I was tired, just wanted to take pictures, and didn't especially feel like spending the weekend in jail.
Oh -- by the way -- I was right, according to Section 1050.9(c) of the MTA's rules:
Photography, filming or video recording in any facility or conveyance is permitted except that ancillary equipment such as lights, reflectors or tripods may not be used. Members of the press holding valid identification issued by the New York City Police Department are hereby authorized to use necessary ancillary equipment. All photographic activity must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Part.(My emphasis.)
I'm really getting tired of restrictions on our liberty with little, if any, payoff in terms of security. I'm not breaking the law, so don't hassle me.