We welcome film & photo shoots at the Naval Cemetery Landscape; however we require that all shoots comply with our guidelines listed below and all shoots require a permit so as to not negatively impact visitor flow or operations. You must apply for a permit. See details below.

All film, video, and photo shoots that take place at the NCL require approval and permit, except nature photography using a handheld device with only plants and wildlife as subjects. For all group or individual portraits, photography requiring tripods or props, as well as bringing a group for a tour, class or events you must apply for a permit.

Submit a request to with NCL PERMIT in the subject line. Please include details of the scope of your event or photo/film shoot: a brief description of your project/shoot, the requested day and time, duration, details of set up, list of any props or materials, whether you are requesting a full or partial closure if it is a day we are normally open to the public, and full count of people who will be on site including crew and/or photography clients/models/event attendees).

Note that this is for Naval Cemetery Landscape events only. BGI does not issue or control permits for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway (which is likely to be under Department of Transportation or Department of Parks and Recreation jurisdiction depending on the segment).

Due to the high volume of requests we receive, please allow 5 business days for our team to respond.

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Guidelines and permitting information for all film and photo shoots:

NCL’s primary function is as a quiet contemplative memorial landscape where Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) showcases and champions the potential impact of the Green in Greenways and provides public programming that enhances connections to nature. The landscape is a connector and place of respite and grounding for community members and users of the adjacent Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. We strive to limit disruptions to both visitors and land (as a cemetery) and wildlife (as a native pollinator habitat) which means that all photography other than nature photography with a handheld device requires a permit.

The NCL is unique as a cemetery and pollinator habitat, and also as a landscape built, maintained and operated solely by the non-profit Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Fees for permits support our work at the landscape and our work advocating for the construction and maintenance of safe greenways.

Shoots with permit during public hours cannot inhibit the Naval Cemetery Landscape’s normal activity in any way. This means that for shoots that have obtained a permit crews cannot block the paths, leave the boardwalk to enter the meadow or planting areas, or exert any exclusive use of the space.

Shoots require a permit and have a flat fee if conducted within NCL’s operating hours. The fee amount will be assessed depending on the scope and nature of the shoot after submission of an application.

Restricting the mobility or behavior of members of the public is prohibited for shoots with public during open hours. Anyone who engages in aggressive or demanding actions toward the public or staff will be immediately required to leave the park.

For accessibility, shoots may not take place on the ADA ramp or block both side rails at the entrance during open hours.

Due to function of the landscape, space limitations, the landscape’s operations schedule, and regardless of seasonal or daily high or low levels of visitation at NCL we have a list of rules and regulations that must be reviewed and agreed to as part of the permit.