Hobbyist drone owners and operators in New York City are asking the same question these days: where can I legally fly my drone within the five boroughs?
The New York City Parks Department has designated five parks within the city where model aircraft (i.e., radio control airplanes and helicopters) can fly. To date, the Parks Department has treated recreational drones like model aircraft and thus these five parks should be open to drone hobbyists (see more below). For flying zones other than the above mentioned parks, we are waiting on more specific guidance and/or regulations that clarify where and when flying is approved. Below I explain how it works.