» NYC Parking Card/Muni Meters

June 30, 2015

NYC Muni MeterAs of July 1, 2015, you’ll be able to pre-pay your NYC Muni Meter up to one hour before the meter regulations go into effect.

Why? This change, sponsored by NYC Councilman David G. Greenfield, specifically benefits NYC drivers who need NYC street parking before the Muni Meter becomes active, but won’t be able to feed the meter when it does become active. For example, you have an 8:30am doctor appointment and you need to arrive at 8:15am, but the Muni Meter doesn’t become active until 8:30am. Currently, you’d have to run out just as your appointment is starting. Under this new legislation, you can pre-pay the NYC Muni Meter at 8:15am — to begin the parking period at 8:30am. Greenfield sponsored this bill to help NYC drivers avoid that dreaded NYC parking ticket.

Sounds simple, right? But because of the complexities involved, Greenfield’s law gave the City two years from July 1, 2013 to change the muni-meter machines to accept pre-payment. The city has already re-programmed many muni-meters including ones in Greenfield’s Boro Park neighborhood. All of the city’s muni-meters will be reprogrammed by this July 1st.

January 8, 2014

Starting soon, you’ll be able to pay for your NYC parking space right on your smart phone. No more searching for coins (though the last single-space meters that require coins were taken off the streets in 2011) or walking up and down the block looking for the Muni-Meter and using your credit card.

On December 26th, 2013, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn announced that NYC has started the process for vendors to bid on the pay-by-phone contract. Once implemented, you’ll be able to pay by smart phone at all 14,000 NYC street parking space meters, in all five boroughs.

What will change:

  • No more paper receipts for you to place on your dashboard
  • NYPD Traffic Enforcement Officers will have online information about your payment and NYC parking space
  • You can add time remotely, but only up to the allowable legal limit for that parking space

We don’t know:

  • If you will still be able to pay by credit card or NYC Parking Card at the Muni-Meter
  • How a driver will identify the specific parking space since streets with Muni-Meters do not have marked parking spaces.
  • If the NYC parking rates will change
October 21, 2013

Image,_NYC_website,_new_design_October_2013NYC 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…

May 12, 2013

NYC muni-meter-imageCity Council speaker and a Democratic candidate for NYC mayor, Christine Quinn, announced plans last week to propose changes to NYC parking’s Muni-Meter system. Typically, one Muni-Meter is located for each NYC block and drivers must pay for time at the meter and place a printed receipt on their car’s dashboard.

Flaws with Muni-Meters

  • Sometimes they just don’t work
  • They can run out of ink or paper
  • If you have a broken NYC Muni-Meter, you must find another meter (sometimes on another block)
  • Muni-Meters will still take your money when NYC parking regulations aren’t in effect, ie. Sunday

Good things about Muni-Meters

  • Research shows that you can fit more cars on the street when parking spaces are not marked, because drivers will park closer to vehicles already parked.

Quinn’s Proposal includes: Read more…

September 25, 2012

NYC muni-meter-imageIt’s been a few years since the NYC City Council implemented a law that NYC parking meter regulations are not active on Sundays. But some locals and many tourists don’t know this law and continue to pay for NYC parking at a Muni Meter on Sundays. They’re not getting a NYC parking ticket, but they are wasting their money.

Soon, all NYC parking Muni Meters will be shut down on Sundays and will not accept any payments. We don’t know what will happen with individual parking meters, but these parking meters are being removed and replaced with NYC Muni Meters. The Muni Meter covers an entire block, so you need to park, make your payment at the Muni Meter, and then place the receipt on your car’s dashboard.

February 1, 2012

NYC muni-meter for street parkingLast year, we told you that you could use a NYC Muni-Meter receipt at more than one NYC street parking spot. So if you purchased 3 hours and only used 2 hours, you could still use that receipt for the third hour if you needed to park somewhere else — that also had a NYC Muni-Meter.

Sadly, that convenience may be changing. The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering changing the rules so that you can use what’s left on the Muni-Meter receipt ONLY at a meter that charges the same rates. Read more…

November 13, 2011

NYC  Parking TicketNYC is stopping its program to reduce fines for NYC parking tickets if you don’t bring the case to court. If you don’t see the judge, your NYC parking violation for an overtime meter ticket or alternate side parking are reduced by 33% because you’re saving NYC the time and cost of having judges deal with all these NYC parking violations. The program was initially started in 2007 to manage the backlog of unpaid tickets.

In Manhattan South of of 96th St,  alternate side parking and expired meter NYC parking tickets are reduced from $65 to $43. If you appeal and lose, you’ll pay $65.

In Manhattan Above 96th St and in Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, alternate side parking and expired meter NYC parking tickets are reduced from Read more…

September 28, 2011

Our fantastic friends over at New York Parking Ticket blew us away with this news.  Mayor Bloomberg has rejected five proposals that would ensure NYC parking tickets are issued correctly.  New York Parking Ticket put together this fabulous chart of the proposed changes put forth by the NY City Council Transportation Committee. Only the last one was approved by Mayor Bloomberg.

Ticket Agent has to photograph the vehicle — OK, we agree that this seems a bit onerous. NYPD officers would have to carry a camera and document each photo.

Suspending Alternate Side Parking regulations when film crews are on the Street Read more…

August 24, 2011

NYC Parking MeterYou finally find a great NYC parking spot, do a stunningly perfect parallel parking job, and then realize you don’ t have quarters for the parking meter or a NYC Muni-Card for the Muni-Meters. Don’t panic, because soon you may be able to pay with your cell phone!

According to the New York Post, NYC is going to pilot test paying for your NYC parking meters with your cell phone. When you have a little bit of time left on the meter, you’ll get notice on your phone and you’ll be able to buy more minutes.

This seems like a great idea to us, but we’re not sure how it will work with NYC’s law that you cannot add time or minutes to a meter once you’ve parked for the maximum time. So if you park in a 2 hour spot for 2 hours, you can’t just add more time and stay parked there.

The test will happen in almost 300 spaces for one year. Chances are, the test areas will probable be in the outer boroughs on a busy commercial strip with retail and restaurants.

We’re also wondering what NYC will do with all the new parking meters it just bought.

January 12, 2011

The NYC City Store is offering free shipping on a $100 NYC Parking Card when you also purchase a gift or book!

What’s a NYC Parking Card? It’s a pre-paid parking card that you can use to pay for NYC parking in all New York City municipal parking fields, all muni-meters, and selected single-space meter locations.

What’s so good about a NYC Parking Card? Well, it saves you a hefty NYC Parking Ticket or Parking Violation if you don’t have coins or a credit card to pay for the NYC parking meter. And that’s pretty valuable when it comes to NYC street parking.

Click Here to get this great deal!

Where can you use the NYC Parking Card? Read more…

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