June 30, 2015
The New York Post reported that foreign diplomats owe more than $16 billion in unpaid NYC parking tickets! Here are the facts:
- Diplomats have 529 NYC street parking spots — all legal! Each UN mission has two designated NYC parking spaces and 1-2 parking spots for each consulate.
- NYC has issued has issued 219,902 parking violations to diplomatic vehicles including 18,008 alone to Egypt which owes $1.97 million, the most of any country!
- Most of the $16 million in parking debt was accumulated before a 2002 agreement between the city and the US State Department that was supposed to curb abuses!
- Senegal, Ivory Coast, Indonesia and Italy each owes approximately $24,000 for tickets received since 2002!
- In total, the city issued 42,449 NYC parking tickets since 2002, and $758,968 in fines remain outstanding!
The NYC Department of Transportation, which puts up the parking signs for diplomat parking, would not disclose their locations.
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.
Is free parking really not free at all? If you believe the theory of Geof Glass, a Ph.D. student at Simon Frasier University, we’re all indirectly paying for free parking when we shop at nearby stores.
Glass’ hypothesis is that the cost of free parking is built into the retail store or restaurant’s overhead, and is then passed on to the consumer as part of the cost of items sold. Glass refers to this as an ‘invisible sales tax’ of about 1%.
According to The Washington Post, Glass estimates that rents account for 10% of a retailer’s overall cost, and parking accounts for about 10% of rent, giving a cost of 1% for parking. That retailer then passes that 1% on to consumers.
Glass believes that since governments require developer to building parking, it’s the same effect as if consumers paid a tax and then the government built the parking.
The Post’s article points out that ‘This is a very simple calculation, and it doesn’t take into account for example the fact that rents are also determined by many factors beyond the cost of constructing a building (like the sudden popularity of its location). It also doesn’t consider that retailers set prices with many other factors in mind beyond fixed costs (like the desire by, say, CVS, to standardize prices across locations).’
The main takeaway from the article is that if you don’t drive, you’re essentially subsidizing drivers, since you’re paying that extra 1% to retailers and not getting the benefit of that 1%. It’s analogous to people who don’t use NYC subways or buses subsidizing those who do use public transportation through the portion of the Highway Trust Fund that covers mass transit. And it’s the same for single people or families who send their children to private school still paying school taxes.
November 21, 2014
Check out this video of the world’s best parallel parking job. Stunt driver Han Yue managed to squeeze a Mini hatchback into a parking space only 3.15 inches longer than the car! And for his efforts, he is now the Guinness World Record holder for the tighest parallel parking job.
And the thing is, he does it in ONE SHOT! No forwarding and reversing — just a single turn of the steering wheel!
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 19, 2013
It’s the law now. As of 12/17/13, all new NYC parking garages must be able to supply electric vehicle charging stations for a minimum of 20% of the garage spaces.
This new law does not require NYC parking garages to retrofit the facilities for electric charging stations. It applies only to new construction and NYC garages undergoing construction to increase capacity.
The bill states:
20. Parking garages and open parking lots. Where an alteration of a parking garage or an open parking lot includes an increase in the size of the electric service, such alteration shall include provisions for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in accordance with section 406.2.11 or 406.7.11 of the New York city building code, as applicable.
406.2.11 Electric vehicle charging stations. Parking garages shall be capable of supporting electrical vehicle charging stations in accordance with this section. Electrical raceway to the electrical supply panel serving the garage shall be capable of providing a minimum of 3.1 kW of electrical capacity to at least 20 percent of the parking spaces of the garage. The electrical room supplying the garage must have the physical space for an electrical supply panel sufficient to provide 3.1 kw of electrical capacity to at least 20 percent of the parking spaces of the garage. Read more…
December 16, 2013
The NY City Council recently reviewed (on 12/11/13) a proposal requiring all new NYC parking garages and NYC parking lots to be capable of installing electric vehicle charging stations.
The proposal calls for all newly built NYC parking garages to have a conduit that will provide 20% of the parking spaces with at least 3.1 KW of electric power to charge electric vehicles. Building owners don’t have to provide the actual electric vehicle charging stations yet; they’ll just need to have the capability for the future.
As we reported in April 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy included adding 10,000 public parking spots for electric vehicles (EVs) over the next seven years, with 2,000 of these NYC parking spaces having electric vehicle charging stations.
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 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?