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February 12, 2015

In NYC, you cannot park within 15 feet of a NYC fire hydrant or between a bus stop sign and the next parking sign. The curb may or not be painted, and after circling the block a few times you just want to park your car rather than get out and measure that 15 feet.

This week, City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) proposed legislation that would require the curb to be painted red to mark the required 15 feet from fire hydrants and bus stops.

We like the idea. If you park legally and still get a ticket, you just take a photo of your vehicle legally parked, and you can successfully fight that NYC parking ticket, which goes for $115.

The main issue against the bill seems to be the cost of doing all that painting. Stay tuned.


Image,_Valet_Anywhere_logoTired of walking to your car, getting it out of the NYC garage or parking spot on the street, having to find parking when you arrive at your destination, and probably overpaying? A new app, Valet Anywhere, promises to save you all the NYC parking hassles for $249 to $325 a month.

How it Works

  • Sign up and pay your monthly fee
  • Use the app to have your car delivered
  • Drive
  • Use the app to have your car picked up and parked safely


  • $6/hr for a one-off pick up and return. Maximum day rate is $42.
  • $249 for low-frequency drivers, ie. 1 – 2 times a month
  • $325 for higher-frequency drivers, ie. maximum of 10 uses
  • $229 for 10 drop-offs in downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Williamsburg

The Ins & Outs Read more…

July 8, 2014

NYC Alternate Side Parking ASPOn Monday, June 7, 2014, the NYC City Council held a hearing on a bill that would allow drivers in NYC to return to parking spaces once the street sweepers pass through for NYC street cleaning. For locals, the street cleaning is referred to as Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations. For anywhere from 2 to 3 hours a day, you are not allowed to have your vehicle on a particular street so the NYC Department of Sanitation can ‘sweep’ the streets. Most ASP signs are clearly marked with the ‘P’ symbol with a broom through it.

We’ve covered this proposal before, and here’s a recap.


  1. Potentially significant reduction in wait times for NYC drivers who have to wait 2 – 4 hours in their vehicles during the mandated Alternate Side Parking regulation time.
  2. Much less double-parking by these vehicles, so traffic will be reduced as well

Objections & Concerns Read more…

April 8, 2014

NYC Alternate Side Parking ASPI both applaud and do not understand people who use NYC street parking and move their cars 2 – 3 times a week to comply with the NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations (ASP). These are the regulations that force car owners to move their cars for 1 – 3 hours so the street is clear for the street sweeping trucks. It’s a heroic and long honored ritual for many NYC car owners.

But this daunting activity may get easier. According to the NY Daily News, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), is proposing legislation that would let NYC drivers legally take parking spots once the street sweeper passed by — ending the need for drivers to wait inside their cars until the no-parking time period lapses.

Rodriguez first introduced the bill in 2010, and got a majority of the Council to join as co-sponsors, including Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan). The bill stalled, which might have been because: Read more…

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…

October 8, 2013

NYC Parking TicketLast 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 HydrantRead more…

July 14, 2013

NYC Parking TicketIt 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…

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…

May 9, 2013

NYC Muni-Meter_Pay_At_signMany NYC street parking meters, called Muni-Meters, go into effect for NYC parking at 9am. For people who might park at a NYC street parking meter at 8:30am for work, though, this means they have to go back to the meter at 9am and pay for their parking.

In mid-April 2013, NYC City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill that would require the NYC Muni-Meters to start accepting payment half an hour before meter requirements take effect.

On a positive note, many people will avoid the dreaded NYC parking ticket.

On the other hand, it could mean that people will park overnight — for free, and pre-pay the Muni-Meter to start at 9am.


Streetline_DOT_map_of_parking_spacesIf you’re tired of driving around looking for a NYC parking space, and then hoarding  quarters to pay for NYC parking, NYC is working on a better way. NYC is testing out a new program on Arthur Avenue in the Belmont area of the Bronx, also known as Little Italy (of the Bronx). You can use your phone, internet or smartphone app to pay for 264 metered NYC parking spaces along or adjacent to Arthur Avenue  plus 57 spaces in NYC’s Belmont Municipal Parking Field. Each Muni-Meter in the pilot program has a QR code and a seven-digit number that is your link to making payments. How It Works

  1. Sign up for PayByPhone with your vehicle registration and credit card number
  2. Find a space by using NYC DOT’s real-time map of available NYC parking spaces (map shown above). The map shows where there are available spaces and where there is low or limited availability.
  3. After you park, type in the  number displayed on the side of the closest muni-meter to start paying for parking.
  4. When your meter is about to expire, you’ll get a text or email. You will be able to add more money to extend your time, but only to the time allowed by the parking regulation.

Things we Like about NYC Pay By Phone Parking

  1. You don’t have to walk to walk to the meter itself or deal with slips of paper. Read more…
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