Casual filming is not illegal
Heard on the live police scanner about half an hour ago, some people phoned the police indicating that some man was video taping women walking on the sidewalk then heading into Romantic Depot at 606 Washington Street.
They apparently thought it was some kind of kook filming scenes for his own perverse pleasure.
It later turned out that they were supposedly “filming a commercial” for the store. Police told them to stop filming and get the necessary permits.
This is where I believe the police misled them man and gave incorrect information. This is a free country, and we should be able to film whatever we want, provided it’s in a public place, and it doesn’t “obstruct” pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Chapter 97 of the City Code indicates the following:
“Incidental use of a public street or sidewalk which is of minimal impact and does not result in a closing of same to public use shall not be considered filming on “public land.””
So whether your just standing on the sidewalk talking to someone, or have a hand held camera in your hand filming stuff in Hoboken, it’s perfectly OK.
Here’s a copy of Chapter 97 for you to read for yourself.