Here's a very interesting article in the NYT. They are looking to require permits (which would be free, and available online) for photographers using a tripod for more than 10 minutes (including set up time) or a group of 2+ people taking pictures. It could take up to 30 days to receive your permit. In reading through the article, it states that a public hearing was held and no one showed up. That is frustrating, to say the least. Perhaps its time for those who live in NYC (or who work there) to send a few letters in voicing their opinion. Article.