The Bloomberg administration is about to promulgate regulations that would require anyone who takes pictures in NYC with a tripod for more than ten minutes to get a permit and a million dollars in liability insurance. Also, anyone who takes pictures using more than two people, and a variety of other arcane requirements.
This is an infringement on free speech, and a "solution" in search of a problem. It's probably too late, but this group, Picture New York, is creating a petition to urge the city to stop it, at very least until a proper public comment period can happen. Sign here.