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
December 20, 2013
Things are looking better for people who live in NYC neighborhoods that are frequently used for movie or TV shoots. When streets are closed or shut down. the first thing to go are NYC street parking spaces, which can be up to 20 NYC parking spaces per street.
Hopefully, the new outdoor lot at Kaufman Studios in Astoria, Queens will help bring our NYC street parking spaces back. The new studio is a 34,800 square foot outdoor lot located on 36th Street– between 34th and 35th Avenues–in Astoria. The lot is designed to shoot outdoor scenes, such as NYC streets.
December 16, 2013
With Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio trying to improve daily life for NYC residents, Crain’s New York Business has gathered a list of ways to make getting around NYC easier. Here are some ideas for walking, NYC driving, NYC parking, subways, buses, ferries, deliveries, pay by phone, NYC Muni-Meters, bike lanes, and pedestrian plazas:
NYC Parking Ideas
—Text to pay NYC Muni meters. Allow drivers to register a credit card with the city, text the number of the Muni meter to register their location, and pay the NYC parking fare, says Michael Woloz, a lobbyist for the taxi industry. No more fumbling for change, running out to feed the meter or waiting for approval in the freezing cold.
—Neighborhood parking permits. Residents would pay an annual fee to park in their neighborhood. Everyone else would pay a metered or daily rate.
NYC Driving Ideas
—Give NYC control of all the roads within the five boroughs. Read more…
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 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
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…
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…
July 14, 2013
It seems the best way to avoid paying a NYC parking ticket is to have your vehicle registered with a large business. According to NYC Controller John Liu, there are 316 companies with unpaid NYC parking ticket fines that exceed nine months. Total bill? $1.3 million.
The New York Daily News article that broke this story gives examples of small companies with outstanding fines exceeding $150,000, and these NYC parking violations go back to 2004!
The Daily News reports that Liu’s NYC auditor analyzed a NYC Finance Department program that enrolls businesses with many vehicles into a program where the vehicles won’t get towed for a NYC parking violation. In exchange, these companies are supposed to Read more…