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5 Things that you can not do in New York


New York is the city of big dreams and there is nothing you cant do… but there are some things that you actually can not do in this city. So here are my top 5 things that you cant do in NY.




Yes, fireworks are not legal in the state of NY. In New York City, all consumer fireworks are illegal to use, buy, sell, or transport.  Meaning you cannot bring and fire up your fireworks in a park or the rooftop. It might be legal in your country or your state, but in NY the only time you can see fireworks are for 4th of July, New Year and some other public celebrations, like sometimes there are fireworks in Central Park for the marathon opening, but overall it is not legal to set up your own fireworks.


2. To land a helicopter on a private rooftop


Private helicopter flights from atop office buildings were more popular in the 1960s and 70s; the most famous lifted off from the roof of the 59-story Pan Am (later MetLife) building on a regular basis until a grisly helicopter accident killed four waiting passengers and a pedestrian below in 1977. Since that time the practice has been discouraged and banned outright since 9/11.  But we do know that the City Council has also discouraged helicopter use in general in recent years due to noise complaints. There are specific helicopter landing facilities along the East River and Hudson River, but that’s it. You can not take a helicopter tour and land in Central Park or on a private rooftop. Not in NY.


3. Drones


Drones are legal and illegal in New York.  In New York city it is mostly illegal to fly drones, except in the five designated parks, such as:

  • Calvert Vaux
  • Marine Park
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • Forest Park
  • La Tourette Park (Greenbelt) 

Other than that you can not fly drones in the city. Especially around Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge or Empire State Building. If you will be caught you will have to pay the penalty fee.


4.Drinking in Public Places


According to the NYC law, you can not drink outside. This also includes possession of an open container of alcohol. This is true whether or not you are of legal age and applies to drink alcohol or alcoholic beverages in parks, on streets, or in any public place. As of March 2016, police will not arrest offenders in Manhattan found with an open container, but they can still issue a summons, aka a ticket. This change in enforcement only applies in Manhattan, so in the other boroughs, they will not necessarily be so lenient. So most likely you can have a champagne bottle for your proposal celebration, but you also can get a ticket for it.


5.Blocking the streets


Ok, yes you technically can do it, but it will cost you a lot of time and money. Usually, we get this request for the Times Square proposals, when the client was to have a private area in the square and close it from the other people. Technically you can do it applying for the ” special event permit” half a year before your proposal day. You will pay the fee and you need to have event insurance. So, to be honest, it is not cheap, but it is possible.


We hope you find our tips helpful and if you looking to propose this summer but don’t know where to start, call us now 347 926 9458  or email to and our experienced team will help you to create the most unforgettable marriage experience.

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