Shoppers along Washington Street may have been surprised earlier this month to see a tiny helicopter hovering over the former Filene’s site in Downtown Crossing, taking photos of the view from what will soon be a window in the new skyscraper going up there. It was a drone, captured on a Vine video and posted to Twitter. And it was illegal.
The site’s developers, Millennium Partners, claimed the drone was operated by a firm hired by their public relations team to shoot marketing photos. But in Los Angeles, police have cracked down on real estate photography taken by drones, saying such practices violate federal airspace.