Why it’s (mostly) illegal to drone in NYC

I’m an FAA-certified drone pilot, but there are four reasons I can’t fly drones in New York City:

1) FAA Part 107 says you can’t fly over people.
2) NYC Parks prohibit drones.
3) Most of NYC is Class B airspace.
4) City administrative code: “Drones are illegal”

But there are 5 New York City Parks where you CAN fly:

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Full list of equipment I use: http://griffinhammond.com/gear

I use AirMap to consult airspace restrictions:

NYC.gov Administrative Code on drones:

#Drones #NewYorkCity


  1. epicturtlemaster on March 5, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Artlist.io music

  2. fabulousr2d2 on March 5, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    If you ‘get away’ with it… Can someone report you if they see your video on youtube? I have seen a few on youtube, and i wonder…

  3. Onuralp Taner on March 5, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Is there any exception for Mavic Mini?

  4. TheDaydreamer366 on March 5, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Does the rules also belong to the Mavic Mini? Because it’s 249g and is in the toy category ?

    So can I fly with the Mini in Dumbo?

  5. Michael Frymus on March 5, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Fly it over the river where there are no people and no airspace restrictions.

  6. King Hellsign on March 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Well their goes my illusions of getting me a drone 🤦‍♂️ was just about to buy one just now but if I can’t use it y get it

  7. Rich A. on March 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    In NYC it is a misdemeanor to violate the following:
    NYC Administrative Code
    Title 10
    Chapter 1 Public Safety

  8. Wissam M on March 6, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I see that you’re showing Yonkers as a legal fly zone. Can anyone confirm flying in Yonkers, or crossing the hudson river from Yonkers with a DJI mavic mini to New Jersey is legal?

  9. Tech Explores NYC on March 6, 2021 at 12:01 am

    It’s only illegal if you are caught…. 😛

  10. Sammy Sammy on March 6, 2021 at 12:01 am

    So you said it’s not a clearly defined law passed by any legislative body and it was just a sentence NYC wrote in 2016? Second question, so the only people who are getting fined or arrested are the ones causing property damage or injury to people?

  11. Jeffrey Brezinski on March 6, 2021 at 12:01 am

    What about the mini drone that’s under 1 pound????

  12. At the Apex on March 6, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Well done!!!

  13. Brian Michael on March 6, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Hey Griffin, I’m in nyc and my first drone arrives monday.. so I’m definitely going to learn as much as I can

  14. Gil Rivera on March 6, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Any place in the Bronx????

  15. Insane G on March 6, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I honestly use drones to cast my fishing line. I don’t care about the laws because all my “flights” don’t go over 40 feet and 300 feet away from me……..

  16. Robert Arnold on March 6, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Hey great video thanks for making it! I was wondering were i could fly a drone to capture the best skyline shot of NYC. is there anywhere in NJ?

  17. IRON60 BITCH on March 6, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Fuck ny i fly every weekend

  18. Kevin Boily on March 6, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Can we fly starting from Roosevelt Island and staying over water under 400 feet? I do the same here at Montreal often starting from near st-lawrence river and stay over water during my flight, never have problems, i have perfect downtown view :).

  19. Raymond Leggs on March 6, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Can’t fly over people? well there goes that chase filmed basically only with drone shots or that shootout or fistfight shot only with drones! or that long cityscape plate shot

  20. Erwin on March 6, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Do not take that rule to serious, also electric bikes are forbidden in NYC and they do not get tickets. I guess only is you damage property you get in trouble.

  21. Carlos y genie on March 6, 2021 at 12:16 am

    good job with the info. I’m in Rockland couty NY, and i would like to know where i can flying my drone

  22. Soldier1287 on March 6, 2021 at 12:17 am

    why they gotta be so overpopulated.

    and 911?!?!?!

    oh, don’t worry about someone getting mugged in an alley, there’s a drone flying. A REAL emergency right there…
    (waste of tax money too)

  23. E equalMcHammer MATHEMATICS on March 6, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Terrorism BS Drones are illegal in NY city because of privacy concerns nothing else. We fly kites ,rc planes ,chinese lamps and there is millions of pigeons crows and doves crashing and shiting on every highrise building with out regards of regulations and no one ever give a shit until cameras started flying near their condo’s .

  24. Nikhil Qwerty on March 6, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Wow this sucks now i am not buying a drone

  25. Eric Bravo on March 6, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Informative video but most of the parks are now member paid as well…such as flushing meadows…and worst is they are so small..but I guess better than not being able to fly.at all….so depressing.

  26. Hyper LemonGT on March 6, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Conclusion: you cant fly drones in any interesting area of NYC

  27. Adventures In Modern Recording on March 6, 2021 at 12:23 am

    When I was a kid growing up in Manhattan I lived in a hi-rise building. Every night I would pull out my binoculars and watch people screwing in the surrounding buildings. That is the real reason you can’t fly a drone in NYC.

  28. Lon Nease on March 6, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Makes perfect sense to me why drones are illegal in NYC. If for no other reason, we’re talking the top terrorist-targeted city in the US…and how hard would it be for terrorists to arm a few drones?

  29. Ben Verrette on March 6, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Take off in Brooklyn or NJ next to the water where the FAA authorizes it and don’t fly over anyone or land. You get some great footage. Perfectly legal.

  30. Michael on March 6, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Wish I knew this before spending $1,500 on a drone 😪

  31. MelodeusForever on March 6, 2021 at 12:25 am

    not to disregard the concern for terrorism or flight crashes due to droning, we should have regulation to fly if within a certain airspace. yeah I get it, nyc population is dense and imagine if just 1/4 of the population who can afford to have a drone had one? our overhead skies would be filled with them day and night. I mean they have technology for so much surveillance so why not create a frequency barrier that shuts the drone down to prevent a drone from reaching altitudes that could cause damage in airspace. I guess I put it out into the universe and someones got an idea already but that could be a solution instead of just basically just saying its federally regulated. how do we ever expect to get to the flying cars our school teachers said we would have by the year 2000… oh that was just fluff to keep our imaginations suspended in mid air.. .lol

  32. Darrell Welder fabricator on March 6, 2021 at 12:26 am

    The officials don’t want you to know who’s dropping off crates of guns around big cities!!!!

  33. electronic lovers on March 6, 2021 at 12:29 am

    So simply i wasted my money

  34. THEKING on March 6, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Most people who flew their Drones in NY all crashed, No wonder they made it a strict rule. it’s always idiots ruining it for others smh.

  35. LOLO Stanley on March 6, 2021 at 12:30 am

    I enjoy your videos. Can you take a Drone Video of my home at Chicago Chinatown and video of Chicago Chinatown. My home address is:

    Nick Kwan

    248 west Alexander Street, Chicago IL 60616, United States.

  36. Adventures In Modern Recording on March 6, 2021 at 12:31 am

    TIL DJI drones are stronger than the WTC towers.

  37. Hu Man on March 6, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I live in NYC and my wife and 2 year old son saw a drone flying close to our roof and spying through my back window. It was hovering over our backyard for two minutes. How do I know it’s not a house robber or pedophile looking to kidnap my son. The drone flew off very quickly and we never saw who was flying it. My wife and I are terrified what should we do?

  38. your5best on March 6, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Our channel is full of NYC drone videos. We’ve never had any problems!

  39. mrgclips on March 6, 2021 at 12:35 am

    As liberal NYC is, this is probably the most restricted mega-cities in the world. And it sucks! Of course, there are exceptions, when the rules don’t apply to …. well, if you watch the news you know. Let’s just leave it at that….. 😛

  40. TheShowtimeTV on March 6, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I want to capture NYC skyline…. do you have any suggestions along the NJ area?

  41. Ben Gearhart on March 6, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Quick update on locations; Corona park is now paid membership as well. Forest park is just a BS 50ft. circle in a cemetery surrounded by tress, don’t even bother going there.

  42. Idduboss on March 6, 2021 at 12:36 am

    With a 249g Mavic Mini we can fly above NYC ?

  43. Edu ZZ on March 6, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Everything is against the law un NYC.

  44. Nipun The Lawyer on March 6, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Thank you for answering this question. And should you get arrested for the nonsensical admin code I would absolutely love to represent you against this ridiculous one sentence decree. 516 503 4624

  45. King Israel on March 6, 2021 at 12:41 am

    It just kills the hobby. It’s totally a bummer for the people who actually take pride in droning, who actually care. Politics as usual.

  46. marcus on March 6, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Ok so what about the southern area of nyc where it wasn’t restricted according to your map fly zones? That’s where the biggest buildings are

  47. Peter Rod on March 6, 2021 at 12:44 am

    lots of policy in the big apple sadly policy is not law, lots of these policy could be challenge in the court of law if you have the money and the time, that drone flaying into a wing, is bias and its stage for publicity purposes the media loves to exaggerate. almost 20 years later NYC still has 911 phobia and the topic does comes up a lot. yes they will call cops on you if you have a big back pack. or fly a drone.

  48. Gus Adrian on March 6, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Not for the Dji Mavic Mini 👌

  49. Legal Drone on March 6, 2021 at 12:45 am

    It’s an old City Regulation. Originally it was meant for other types of aircraft but because Drones are considered aircrafts the Regulation applies the same. The Regulation is in Sec. 10-126 of the New York City Administrative Code.

  50. Rolf C. on March 6, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Lost me at 2:14 .. certified what???

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