Casual filming is not illegal

filming-in-public-hoboken.jpgHeard 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.

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I find it funny how on the George Washington Bridge there are signs that say “No Photography,” yet you can go on Google Street Views and see photos of every inch of the bridge.


It seems that the city government wanted the old “kickback” to let the filming continue. All the guy had to say was he was filming his store for personal reasons. The city tried to shut the store down before several times. Perhaps they thought it would make a nice new real estate office! However, a word to the wise about filming in public as the following article will both shock and anger you! Man Faces 7 Year Sentence Under “Wiretapping Law” For Filming Police! OK for police and government to film and wiretap US citizens though? Steve Watson Prison Planet Tuesday, June 12, 2007 A man has been charged in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with filming police officers during a routine traffic stop and faces up to seven years in prison for “wiretapping”. Brian D. Kelly is charged under a state law that bars the intentional interception or recording of anyone’s oral conversation without their consent, reports the Patriot News. The criminal case relates to the sound, not the pictures, that his camera picked up. His camera and film were seized by police during the May 24 stop, he said, and he spent 26 hours in Cumberland County Prison until his mother posted her house as security for his $2,500 bail. Police also took film from his pockets that wasn’t related to the traffic stop, he said. Kelly, just 18 years old, is obviously extremely scared and has apologized profusely for not knowing the law. he has sought the help of the… Read more »

Tama Murden

Interesting discussion, here, around filming in town. I believe the City guidelines/permits serve to generate income. And I believe Cultural Affairs Director, Geri Fallo, is the person at City Hall who generates the permits.

I find Romantic Depot beyond tacky—more appropriate for Harmon Blvd. in Secaucus, perhaps. (Sorry if I’ve offended anyone, but it is sort of Bada-Bing, no?)

I do love some of the commercials I’ve seen on cable for this place. Especially b/c R.D. has somehow managed to get the fabulous, legendary Nina Hartley to plug this place. She’s such a wonderful, feminist, sex-positive porno-queen!


[quote comment=”32431″]How does that place stay in business? I never see anybody in the place when I walk by.[/quote]
A little thing call the World Wide Web

Check out all of the A celebrities that endorse this place.

Did anyone see Campos filing a job application here the other day?


I love this place – still waiting on the official 411 review of all of their products………..should be an eye watering experience.

Only down side is they don’t sell cheese.