A HarlemOneStop guide was giving a Harlem Art Tour this weekend and happened to stop in front of the statue of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. located on the plaza of the Harlem State Office Building at 125th St. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.
While discussing Powell’s role in Harlem history, a guard came running from inside the office building, crossing the plaza (almost a block in length) to bark at us, STOP, NO PICTURES, NO PICTURES!!!… YOU CAN’T PHOTOGRAPH THE STATUE!
Our question back to her was, since when? It’s a public street. Based on the National Inquirer and my understanding of the law, photographing from any public thoroughfare, of buildings, pedestrians, celebrities and even statues were fair game for paparazzi and tourists alike.
We’re doing some research to settle the matter, but if anyone can fill us in on when New York imposed this photograph restriction on it’s plaza statuary, we’d appreciate hearing from you!
Until then, enjoy our image of the late Adam C. Powell, Jr. (with a photographer, no less) and some “contraband” shots of the statue. And our advise, go for it… take a shot!