Is The Throgs Neck That Special?

Seriously though, is the Throgs Neck or other MTA bridge more of a target than the storied and iconic Brooklyn Bridge?

As Matt and I drove over the Throgs Neck Bridge this past weekend we noticed the signs prohibiting photography. Why?

The MTA, which runs the bridge, has a spot on their website for submitting questions. So I did.

I am curious about the prohibition of photography on the Throgs Neck Bridge. I drove over the bridge on Saturday on my way to the Brooklyn Bridge (I understand it is not MTA) which hosts thousands of walkers with no photography restrictions. In fact I was going there specifically to take photos.

Can you point me to the underlying regulation which enables this prohibition? I looked but could not find it and I know MTA has no such restriction in the subway.

Has MTA ever published a justification or other explanation for this rule.

All the best,

Geoff Fox

Hamden, CT

649px-Throgs_Neck_Bridge_from_the_air.jpgI’m not sure when an answer will come, but it probably won’t be fast. Their email acknowledgment admonishes: “You will receive a response as soon as possible; however, some responses can take up to 15 business days.”

Seriously though, is the Throgs Neck or other MTA bridge more of a target than the storied and iconic Brooklyn Bridge? And isn’t it a little late to worry? A quick Google Image search of “Throgs Neck Bridge&#185” shows about 11,100 photos and pictures.

Who is being foolhardy: New York City which owns the Brooklyn Bridge or the MTA and their spans?

I’ll post the response when it’s received.

&#185 – By putting my query within quotation marks Google only returns the exact phrase “Throgs Neck Bridge.”

3 thoughts on “Is The Throgs Neck That Special?”

  1. I’d have taken a photo of the sign itself, but that’s just the way I am. 🙂

    Screw ’em. MTA might run it, but it’s a “public place” and I can take photos in any public place. I pay no attention to the Patriot Act, because it is not at all patriotic.

    “People willing to trade their freedom for security deserve neither and will lose both.”

    – Benjamin Franklin

  2. I was at a Burger King the other day and saw a sign that said “no photography or video taping” —

    it seems a little odd that a restaurant would post that at its entrance.

    My guess is that, with the prevalence of facebook and youtube, they just don’t want their stores/logo associated with content they can’t control. Especially as negative images are more likely to go viral.

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