May 12, 2013
City 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
It’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
Last 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 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
You 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…
November 17, 2009
Don’t you hate when you run back to your meter and find a ticket issued just 2 minutes after the meter expired?
Last week, the NY City Council approved legislation (which was introduced way back in March 2009) that gives you an extra five minutes ‘grace period’ before Muni-Meter parking regulations and Alternate Side of the Street parking rules are enforced. Mayor Bloomberg says that this will lead to ‘chaos’ and says he will veto this measure, but the Council can over-ride his veto with a two-thirds majority.
The City Council, which passed the law at an overwhelming 47-2 majority, made its decision on the premise that everyone’s watch cannot possibly be set to the exact same time. So if you believe your meter runs out at 2:17pm and your watch is a few minutes slow, then you don’t really deserve a ticket if you get to your car when your watch says 2:17.
June 25, 2009
$2 Parking at Times Square Muni Meters…
NYC Parking Cards are now available on NYC DOT Website
Did you know that Times Square features Muni Meters, allowing you to park for just $2 an hour on weekdays from 6pm-midnight and weekends from 8am-midnight?
You can also use the NYC Parking Card at all NYC Municipal Parking Lots, all Muni Meters, and a whole lot of NYC street parking meters.
That means no more carrying around quarters in your car or finding that great street parking spot and not having the money to feed the meter.
You can buy these pre-paid NYC Parking Cards at DOT’s website, online at the City Store, by mail, or a few other locations.
Using the NYC Parking Card is going to help you avoid NYC Parking Tickets and it’s pretty much the way to find cheap parking in NYC. Of course, if you can’t find street parking in NYC, there are 1100 NYC parking garages. Many of them have great deals going, so it makes sense to do your research ahead of time so you can park fast, cheap, and hassle-free.