I was catching some departures yesterday afternoon at the Marina all the way at the end where the restaurant was to my left, very few people, maybe 1 car in the lot.
As I am in the middle of snapping a shot, I hear :
YO, you taking pictures of planes ?
Look to my left and there is standing a gentleman dressed as maybe a construction worker ( as I can put it together ) in his 30s
Me: How are you ??? Yes, its my hobby and I am enjoying this great weather
Him: well, you cant and you are not allowed
Me: Hmmm, may I ask who you are and who you work for that you are making this statement to me ?
Him: I am telling you YOU CANT point that high powered lens at planes or as I was told to do so I will call the PAPD or NYPD on you
Ok sir, again ( I am being very cool and calm ) who do you work for ?
No straight answer, again I get: I am doing what I was told !
Me: Let me ask you a question so we are both very clear, is this private property ?
Him: No, its the parks
Me: Ok, great ! That is all I needed to make clear with you, I respect what ever you are told to do so and if its your job or whatever but I know my rights very well, I ran into NYPD here a few weeks back and they were extremely cool about it and all they had to say was to ENJOY your hobby and took off ( I was with Chris and Mike at the time )
Him: Well, whatever, I can still call who ever I want
Me: Sir, again I RESPECT what you are told to do, but if you really feel the need to call the authorities please feel free, I have nothing to hide and that is all I can tell you
Him: Ummm okey ! whatever !
He walks back to his truck that was parked by the restaurant and his buddy and him were just talking and pointing.
The only thing that I can think of that he works for that restaurant, still, even so, I was far away from that place and not even close to their property.
I was being respectful and said what I had to, I hung out there for another 15-20 min and they switched anyway so I took off !