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

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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I use AirMap to consult airspace restrictions:

NYC.gov Administrative Code on drones:

#Drones #NewYorkCity


  1. Eric Bravo on May 12, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    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.

  2. fabulousr2d2 on May 12, 2022 at 6:36 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. Jason Nucatola on May 12, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I have been flying my Mavic in Brooklyn for 5 years. As long as you know what you are doing and are careful, you can fly.

  4. Insane G on May 12, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    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……..

  5. Lon Nease on May 12, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    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?

  6. King Israel on May 12, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    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.

  7. mrgclips on May 12, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    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….. 😛

  8. Adrian Wysocki on May 12, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    In NYC is illegal do fart, spit, j-walk and do fireworks! BUT people do it all the time :)))

  9. Roberto Vargas Leon on May 12, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Exelent content, I really appreciated the info and the Rhytm in the edition

  10. robert press on May 12, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve been flying in nyc for years

    I’ve had the police approach me and ask to try it out and chat me up

    Never had an issue

    I’m gonna keep flying

  11. iwonpopular TV on May 12, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    perharps maybe too many sky scrapper and your drone machine go crashing into someones room

  12. EL EVO on May 12, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Everything in NYC is illegal, I know I live here. This city is Turing to Chitz, Politicians love bullying people and making up laws as they go along.

    Why aren’t Birds banned in NYC, they crash into building more than drones.

    I’m really starting to take a dislike to this NYC. Can’t wait to be out of it. It’s for the Sheep’s that like to be owned.

  13. IRON60 BITCH on May 12, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Fuck ny i fly every weekend

  14. Gus Adrian on May 12, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Not for the Dji Mavic Mini 👌

  15. DENYCFPV on May 12, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    So much incorrect information

  16. Name's OMEGA on May 12, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Get a pigeon drone lol

  17. Adventures In Modern Recording on May 12, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    TIL DJI drones are stronger than the WTC towers.

  18. Jack Cuneo on May 12, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Are there exceptions if you’re an employee for a construction/real estate/journalism company? Given the use of drones in those industries, and the fact that New York is a major area for all three, there must be some kind of permit, or clearance that can be acquired for specific sites. Any info on that would be greatly appreciated

  19. hughperkins-machinelearning on May 12, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Question: am I allowed to fly a drone indoors, in my own apartment, in nyc?

  20. Graham Moses on May 12, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    That’s what happens when you shoot a drone out of a cannon at point blank range. Get it right

  21. Nikhil Qwerty on May 12, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Wow this sucks now i am not buying a drone

  22. Darrell Subera on May 12, 2022 at 6:59 pm

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

  23. Robert Arnold on May 12, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    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?

  24. your5best on May 12, 2022 at 7:06 pm

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

  25. Raymond Leggs on May 12, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    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

  26. Rich A. on May 12, 2022 at 7:08 pm

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

  27. Undecided on May 12, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I guess I’m a scofflaw, because I fly drones all over Manhattan. Mostly near the water. I even flew one while I was on the Staten Island Ferry.

  28. Rogue Dragoon on May 12, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    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.

  29. Prabhjot Singh on May 12, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    So simply i wasted my money

  30. Kyal POV on May 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    what about flying drone during pandemic?

  31. Live the Life Worth Remembering on May 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Brooklyn and staten island r nyc ?
    Restrictions for for nyc (city) or brooklyn and queens also ?

  32. Kyal POV on May 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    can we fly drone in nyc from piers?

  33. Brian Michael on May 12, 2022 at 7:17 pm

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

  34. Legal Drone on May 12, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    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.

  35. Jeffrey Brezinski on May 12, 2022 at 7:18 pm

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

  36. MelodeusForever on May 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    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

  37. Edu ZZ on May 12, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Everything is against the law un NYC.

  38. Adventures In Modern Recording on May 12, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    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.

  39. Soldier1287 on May 12, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    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)

  40. LOLO Stanley on May 12, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    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.

  41. Hu Man on May 12, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    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?

  42. marcus on May 12, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    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

  43. epicturtlemaster on May 12, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Artlist.io music

  44. KEITH'S PLACE on May 12, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    I`m glad i don’t live in NY.

  45. Dan Rosario on May 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    This really has more to do with anti competitive legislation concerning who can photograph what and from what angle…

  46. Wissam M on May 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    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?

  47. Jhunior ßeato on May 12, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Last week I tried to fly my mavic pro at the Vassel. It was taken drown immediately. It Almost felt apart. Luckily it was at 4 am Nobody was around.

  48. Yrm__21 on May 12, 2022 at 7:32 pm

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

  49. YoErickTv on May 12, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    New York City’s parks regulations are also written in chinese? What? I would think in Spanish first. Unbelievable but true. Just shocked over here.

  50. Rguing on May 12, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    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 .

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