November 27, 2013
The NYC Gridlock Alert Days for 2013 are:
- Wednesday, November 27
- Wednesday, December 4
- Friday, December 6
- Thursday, December 12
- Friday, December 13
- Wednesday, December 18
- Thursday, December 19
- Friday, December 20
You know the drill:
- Avoid driving in Midtown NYC
- Take NYC subways or NYC buses
- If you do drive, park in a NYC Parking Garage — avoid traffic, avoid a NYC parking ticket, avoid a headache
November 26, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013 will be the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. More than 3 million people will watch the 2.5 mile parade route in person, and another 50 million will watch the floats, bands, and balloons from the warmth of their homes.
Starting at 9am, the parade begins at 77th St and Central Park West, then heads down Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 59th St. The marchers will turn left (east) on 59th St for 2 blocks, then turn right to go south on 6th Avenue until 34th St.
At 34th St, the parade will turn right (west) and end at Broadway right in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
Note: you cannot watch the parade on 6th Ave between 34th – 38th Sts OR on 34th St between Broadway – 7th Ave.
WHERE TO PARK
As much as we want to help people find great parking, it’s probably best to take public transportation if you can to avoid the hassles of NYC traffic and over-priced parking. But if you do want to drive in to NYC:
You can park on the street for free, if you can find a space. NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended on Thanksgiving Day, but you still have to obey the No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping signs.
Most NYC parking garages near the parade route will be charging an Event Rate, which will be about $40 – $55.
To find less expensive NYC parking garages: Read more…
November 22, 2013
In most of NYC’s residential areas, you can park on the street for free. In exchange for that free NYC street parking, you’ll also put up with moving your car twice a week for NYC’s Alternate Side Parking Regulations for street cleaning and circling the blocks to actually find a space.
A NYC parking garage, on the other hand, can cost you $300 – $600 per month depending on your neighborhood. For this price, your car is safe, is warm in the winter and doesn’t get damaged by chemicals to melt the snow, and is ready when you need it.
But how much would New Yorkers pay for a Residential Street Parking Permit that let them park in their neighborhood? Theoretically, the benefit would be more available NYC street parking, but no guarantees of getting a spot. Vehicles would still be subject to nature (rain, snow, wind, dirt) and human nature (damage, theft). Transport researchers Zhan Guo of New York University and Simon McDonnell of the City University of New York surveyed a small group of New Yorkers and report that roughly 53 percent of New Yorkers are willing to pay something for residential street spaces — and this something averaged about $400 a year.
But the research is a bit flawed. Read more…
October 21, 2013
If you like to speed in NYC, watch out. Over the weekend of October 11 – 13, 2013, the NYPD gave out 736 NYC traffic tickets for speeding.i
NYPD set up speed traps in all five NYC boroughs:
- 266 NYC speeding tickets issued in Queens
- 213 NYC speeding tickets issued in the Bronx
- 113 NYC speeding tickets issued in Brooklyn
A NYC speeding ticket is a NYC traffic violation that carries both a fine and points on your license.
FINE: $45 – $600
POINTS: 3 – 11 points
NYC Citibike program has added 6,000 bicycles to our NYC streets, and NYC Mayor Bloomberg has carved out more than 290 miles of NYC streets for bicycle lanes from 2002 – 2012. That translates to a lot more cyclists on NYC streets and sidewalks. In fact, according to Fast Company, NYC issued 25,000 citations to NYC bicyclists for riding on the sidewalks in 2012.
But maybe those cyclists had no other choice? Filmmaker Casey Neistat has released a video and photos of NYC bicycle lanes being blocked by no other than NYC police cars! He’s even got a blog, Cops in Bike Lanes.
FYI, the fine for ‘stopping, standing, or parking within a marked bicycle lane is $115, but we’re pretty sure these NYC police vehicles aren’t being issued or paying these NYC parking tickets.
NYC has just launched a new website, http://www1.nyc.gov/, and at first glance, we think the navigation and design is much better. Really clear and clean layout and links, the homepage gives the status of NYC Alternate Side Parking regulations, the font is easy to read,and of course we checked out the sections for NYC Parking, NYC Traffic Violations, and what you might want to know and NYC garages and getting around.
Alternate Side Parking – the left hand side of the homepage will let you know if the regulation is in effect today.
Public Parking Lot — unfortunately, the website tells you to ‘Call 311′ to find a Public NYC Parking Lot. Not much help. Read more…
NYC could have Green Parking Zones for electric vehicles
Whilst electric vehicles are still slow to catch on in the US because of the sticker price and charging station access, new technology is solving the problem of finding a charging station when you need it.
Computer World has just reported that in early 2014, NYC will test on-street electric vehicle charging stations in the Washington Square Park area. Hevo Power, a NYC-based start-up company, began working side-by-side with engineers at NYU Poly in December 2012 to develop, prepare and commercialize their wireless charging technology at their Metro Tech Center location in Brooklyn for use in NYC.
Hevo Power is proposing Green Parking and Green Loading Zones for NYC. These zones will have manhole-style covers equipped with wireless receivers, so you park your electric vehicle over the manhole cover and charge away. Hevo’s business targets commercial vehicle fleets (think UPS, FedEx, Fresh Direct, delivery trucks) rather than individual car-owners.
- Zones will be in premium parking locations
- Commercial fleets will be provided a ‘safe haven from onerous ticketing charges while reducing traffic congestion’ (source: Hevo)
- Payment for electric vehicle charging will be made through wireless bill pay, so you won’t get free NYC street parking and free electric vehicle charging Read more…
October 8, 2013
Last week we heard from one of our subscribers that you could get out of a NYC traffic ticket by over-paying the ticket and never cashing the refund check. We immediately contacted our traffic lawyer, Matt Weiss, and he told that this spam email has been wandering in cyber space for a few years. That got us thinking – what myths are out there, purporting to get you out of a parking ticket? We talked with our expert at New York Parking Ticket, and here are a few:
You Can Legally Save a NYC Parking Space – Try this, and any respectable New Yorker will let you know that’s just not true. And we’re guessing the driver who wants that spot you’re desperately saving will arrive well before any parking enforcement officer arrives on the scene.
A Yellow Curb marks the beginning and end of a NYC Bus Stop Zone – Nope, isn’t true. A NYC bus stop zone begins at the bus stop sign and extends in the direction of the arrow(s) until the next parking sign or the end of the block. For a NYC bus stop parking ticket, it doesn’t matter if you parked far enough away from the sign for a bus to fit. You are allowed only to stop, drop-off or pick-up a passenger, and go. Since a bus stop violation is a NO STANDING violation, you cannot unload your property to the curb. In NYC, a bus stop parking ticket is given to anyone who takes more than two minutes to load or unload his or her passengers.
You Can Park Within 10 Feet of a NYC Fire Hydrant – Read more…
September 30, 2013
Researchers in South Korea have invented a folding vehicle, the Armadillo-T. This fully electric vehicle folds in half, with the back half rising up and over the front half.
- 110 inches long when open, 65 inches long when folded
- Maximum speed of 37 mph
- Fully electric with a range of about 60 miles
- Uses cameras instead of side-view mirrors
- Four individual electric motors, one for each wheel, allow the car to turn 360 degrees via the driver’s smartphone
Here’s a video of the car in action. This could be great for fitting into those really tight NYC parking spaces.
What we want to know is, wouldn’t it be great if the car folded before you parked, so you can fit in the space?
Could this really be the end to driving around looking for the elusive free NYC street parking space? Can we really look forward to not shelling out $40 an hour to park in a NYC parking garage?
Not so fast, but it is a possibility. Earlier in 2013, Car2Go, a car-sharing company focusing on one-way rentals, negotiated with both Washington, DC and San Francisco to purchase:
- Access to street parking in permit-only areas, and
- Specific street parking spaces without paying any parking meter fees.
If you rent a vehicle from Car2Go, you get Read more…