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February 12, 2015

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

Monkey Parking, a mobile app that provides an auction for San Francisco street parking, received a Cease & Desist letter from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera on 6/23/14. Monkey Parking follows in the footsteps of other mobile parking apps that create an auction for people to buy and sell street parking. Monkey Parking offers people $10 for leaving a parking space and charges other people $5 and up for a parking space. I believe a few companies were in the same situation in NYC as far back as 2007 or 2008. In those cases, the NYC parking apps claimed that they were ‘selling and buying information’, not public street parking spaces.

According to the San Jose Mercury News,

Herrera cites part of the city police code that prohibits anyone from buying, selling or leasing public street parking. There are associated violations that carry penalties of up to $300. According to Herrera’s letter, MonkeyParking is also subject to penalties of up to $2,500 under California’s “Unfair Competition Law” if the city were to sue.

Each download, purchase and sale through the app may count as a separate violation, Herrera said. Herrera has threatened to sue if the startup continues to operate in San Francisco past July 11.

Monkey Parking will be joined by other parking apps, Sweetch and ParkModo.  Read more…

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Parking CupidYep, another parking app that guarantees to help you find parking. Since most of these apps and websites are essentially the same, here’s our quick rundown of Parking Cupid:

Cost to Find Parking: Free for unlimited search results, access to listings. ‘Premium Access’ costs $7.50 per month and gives you ‘full access to the website’, private messaging, ‘advanced search filters’, parking ticket appeal letters, and customer support.

Cost of Parking: Parking owners and parkers negotiate the fee for monthly parking.

Cost to Sell Parking: Free to list your parking space in general. ‘Premium Listings’ costs $30 for 3 months, and gets you priority ranking in search results, featured on the home page, social media promotion.

Who is Providing Parking: The parking inventory seems to be sourced from private homes and residences. We didn’t see anything about street parking or off-street garages.  Read more…

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May 9, 2013

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…
May 6, 2013

Image,_Pango_screen_shotPango and Imperial Parking have partnered to offer NYC parking from your smart phone. Once you register your name, credit card, and license plate nunber, you use the app to find one of Imperial’s 110 NYC parking garages, and reserve a space. The app will know when you park and lets you alert the garage when you’re ready to leave so your car will be waiting for you. The greatest joy to us that the Pango app calculates and processes your payment, so you don’t have to wait at the cashier booth to pay for your parking.

Right now, Pango is being piloted in just one Imperial NYC parking garage. We hope the service expands to all of Imperial‘s NYC Parking garages.

We understand that Pango hopes to work with NYC Department of Transportationg (DOT) to allow this pay-by-phone service to be available for NYC street parking.

April 18, 2013

Do you feel like the Meter Maids seem to give you a parking ticket the minute your street parking meter runs out of time?

If you live in certain parts of Baltimore, MD, you might be right. But now there’s an app for that. According to The Atlantic Cities, Spot Agent uses real-time parking citation data from the city of Baltimore to calculate your risk of getting a ticket at any given location. The city’s data includes the date, time and a rough address (as well as license plate info) for every parking ticket handed out in the city in the past year. And new tickets typically appear in the database within just a few hours of landing on a windshield.

Spot Agent uses that data to calculate a threat score based upon the number of citations given out within 100 meters of your location. Tickets written around the same time of day, on the same day of the week, push the score up higher.

When you use the app, you’ll see images in the picture below.

  • Column 1 will give you a threat assessment over a time period, ranging from green to red.
  • Column 2 focuses in on a particular area, showing that you’re running a pretty high risk for a parking ticket by not feeding the parking meter. Read more…
January 24, 2013

Inrix NYC parking garageFor nearly 10 years, we’ve been hearing about this fantastic new way you’ll be able to find parking — either street parking or garage parking. Here at Park It! Guides, we published an annual guidebook to the 1,100 NYC parking garages for three years. We stopped to focus on finding you NYC monthly parking because we knew there would be a way to share this information electronically, and have been working with parking garage owners and operators on that project.

In the last few years, we’ve heard from probably 20 companies that tell us about their great technology but can’t figure out how to make it work in NYC. And I hear that there are likely another 40 – 50 start-ups trying to do the same thing.

A few companies are seeing some success providing parking information via mobile apps, usually covering a small region. We found that whilst you can build great technology, you first need the actual location and rates for the parking garages to have a successful product. Read more…

June 5, 2012

Free Parking in NYC. We all want it, we all deserve it. So why is it so hard to find? Because there are nearly 1 million cars driving into Manhattan every day and probably another 60,000 cars owned by local residents who are already parking on the street. A number of websites and mobile apps have popped up to help people find NYC street parking. These apps typically focus on showing where you can parking legally, or using a crowd-sourcing model where users offer and claim street parking spaces. Here’s a wrap-up of some of these sites and apps:

NYC Department of Transportation Parking Signs are shown in this full map of every single NYC parking sign for each block, and where the sign is located on the block. There are some flaws, such as the site doesn’t explain the confusing NYC parking regulations in NYC like No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping. The site also doesn’t tell you which way a one-way sign is pointing – a critical element in a city of one-way streets. The site would be helpful as an app.

Roadify started out as an online system of buying and selling NYC street parking availability in Brooklyn, with users earning and spending credits for parking. The app continues to win Read more…

February 5, 2012

Joshua Brustein from The New York Times just reviewed a new parking app called ‘Can I Park Here’. The app lets you take a photograph of a NYC street parking sign, and then the app will tell you if you can park there or not, and for how long. Once you decide to park, the app will start a timer and mark your location so you don’t overstay the meter or allotted time and get a NYC parking ticket. Totally cool and pretty simple, right?

Brustein tested about a dozen NYC parking spaces, though, and the app just didn’t work for him. The app reported that Brustein wasn’t actually close enough to the NYC parking sign, but even when he put his phone about one foot from the parking sign and took the photo, no luck. He eventually found out Read more…

April 22, 2011

Baltimore is joining NYC as one of the cities releasing data to help entrepreneurs and businesses develop phone apps. The latest app is from www.spotagent.com, and lets you know the likelihood of getting a parking or traffic ticket in Baltimore.

The developers used city data about tickets to create the app. According to The Baltimore Sun, ‘Using the city data, the developers created a web application that allows a user to type in an address and then learn the probability of getting a ticket there. The website can tell you the worst day of the week to park on any given block, as well as the cost of the average citation for parking violations and from red-light and speed cameras.’ Read more…

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