Zoomer From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 211 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3768 times:
My apologies if this has been covered lately but as the search function doesn't work I can't check back. I'd very much appreciate any info/tips re spotting/photography at EWR these days. Are the authorities tolerant or a pain?
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3170 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
Ill have to agree with tom........ Forget it.
Ive never been hassled about taking pictures in the terminal, etc etc, but to go to EWR just to spot is something that we can only dream about!!
The only hotel that might offer a semi-decent view is the Sheraton on Frontage Road, but you'll need yourself a pretty good zoom lens from there. The Port Authority building has never been successfull for me either.
However, sometimes you run accross decent cops as well. My dad and I were driving on the service road inbetween the Turnpike and Rwys 22LR/4LR and we stopped at the security gate right near the parked DHL 727-100 (which flies every night! I didnt know that.....) and there we asked the security guard at that check point what to do and she graciously told us that we could shoot through the fence.
Tom has it right though..... its pretty much all uphill, so Id say its worth the drive to go to LGA (Planeview Park, College of Aeronautics among other places) or JFK (Gatway Bird Sanctuary, Halmar Building, Howard Beach, among others) and try to do some photography there.
The Port Authority cops can be gruff- so dont argue. That would be my number one piece of advice. If they tell you to leave, or they want to see your camera, you best listen to them. DO NOT ARGUE WITH PANYNJ COPS!
Good luck with whatever you decide to do, and let us know how it turns out!
Zoomer From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3674 times:
Thanks for the gen Ben (oops, no pun intended)! It's a non aviation trip as such. It's just that I'm flying into EWR and hiring a car. I thought that if the weather was OK I'd hang around for a few hours or even spend a night there. Taking your and Tom's comments on board, I guess I'll just drive on out and on my way (westbound). If ever I get my hands on this Bin Liner fella........!
Zoomer From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3634 times:
Uh just visiting some relations in PA. But with Mrs Zoomer in tow there will be little time for aviation. I've been a regular traveller to the USA on photo missions since the mid seventies, visiting between two and three times a year. Unfortunately, since 911 and the unneccesary, inconsistent and totally OTT paranoia by authorities around airports, I have had no appetite to return - for aviation purposes - since my last trip which was just prior to 911. Your account of how things are at EWR doesn't encourage me either.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16559 posts, RR: 52 Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3520 times:
There's pretty much one rule of thumb at EWR, don't get out of your car and approach the fence with equipment (camera).
If you stay in your car and don't flash a big lense that might be confused with something different from a 100 yards away, I go to EWR all the time and watch arrivals/departures right in front of me from the Virgin Cargo parking lot.
The PA police drive by all the time, no hassle.
But I don't get out of the car, and Im not "shooting" (for lack of a better term) photographs.
As for hotels the best would be the Marriott which is right in the Central Terminal area, followed by the Sheraton.