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2013 Halloween Geocaching event in Queens, NY

Halloween 2013 Geocaching Event


NYC Geocaching is made by geocachers for geocachers about NYC Geocaching. NYC Geocaching is unique since we have to deal with millions of muggles, law enforcement and tourists that would all like to know what we are doing. We have some very small caches and at the same time we make use of our natural hiding places to put out some larger caches.


  1. Hello,

    My name is Fatima Sugapong and I am a reporter from Columbia University. I am writing an article about geocaching and I am interested in meeting the members of the New York geocaching community! Please let me know if you are available for an interview this week.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


  2. Hi. I was hoping someone could give me a little info. I’ve been finding caches for a long time but have never hidden one before. I’ve been doing my best to research any info or laws about the placement of a cache in NYC. However outside of a needing to get a permit for hiding one in a NYS park I haven’t found anything about hiding one in a public place in NYC. Any info or help would be great because I would really like to be able to hide one with my son soon. Thank you all in advance for any help…

    • Hey Jeremy,

      In NYC you can generally place them anywhere in land maintained by the NYC Parks Department (shown by a Maple Leaf). You can also place them on privately owned/maintained land with permission from the property manager. National Parks Service maintained parks presently are not available to place a geocache in. Another thing to consider is proximity to topside trains, highways, schools, and playgrounds. These are areas that are either unsafe or sometimes inappropriate for cachers.

      Since geocaching can sometimes look questionable, it is extremely important to camouflage but also clearly label any caches placed, and when possible not place them in any location that could be confused with a nefarious action. This doesn’t mean that difficult and unusual places are out of the question, but it is something that should be considered.

      There are a lot of really excellent examples of well hidden urban caches all around the city, and each of the five boroughs have their own flavor of hide.

      Good luck, can’t wait to see you and your son’s first hide!

  3. Hello-

    I am the author of a book that was just published called Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds. To coincide with the Brooklyn Book Festival in September, I am interested in placing some caches that relate to locations that have significance to Brooklyn literary history. These could be either spots that figure prominently in famous novels set in Brooklyn, or locations that have significance for well-known Brooklyn authors (such as a building they lived in while writing their masterpiece). The question I have for the geocaching community in New York is whether this would be appropriate or a violation of the generally accepted ethics of geocaching, since I know it is problematic to use geocaching for personal promotion. I would assume this would mean not having any mention of my book in the description, but would it be ok to mention the book festival itself? The idea is that some promotional literature involved with the festival would probably highlight that these geocaches exist. Is there a way to do this project that respects the norms of geocaching? Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.

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