February 12, 2015
Tired 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
- 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…
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 26, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013 will be the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. More than 3 million people will watch the 2.5 mile parade route in person, and another 50 million will watch the floats, bands, and balloons from the warmth of their homes.
Starting at 9am, the parade begins at 77th St and Central Park West, then heads down Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 59th St. The marchers will turn left (east) on 59th St for 2 blocks, then turn right to go south on 6th Avenue until 34th St.
At 34th St, the parade will turn right (west) and end at Broadway right in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
Note: you cannot watch the parade on 6th Ave between 34th – 38th Sts OR on 34th St between Broadway – 7th Ave.
WHERE TO PARK
As much as we want to help people find great parking, it’s probably best to take public transportation if you can to avoid the hassles of NYC traffic and over-priced parking. But if you do want to drive in to NYC:
You can park on the street for free, if you can find a space. NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended on Thanksgiving Day, but you still have to obey the No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping signs.
Most NYC parking garages near the parade route will be charging an Event Rate, which will be about $40 – $55.
To find less expensive NYC parking garages: 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…
May 6, 2013
Pango 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.
We often get asked about Disabled Parking Permits, or Handicapped Parking Permits, for NYC parking. Here’s a quick overview of both the NYC and NYS permits with information about where you can use these permits, how to apply for the permit, and other valuable information.
NYC Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (PPPD)
- Display: A rectangular placard which can be placed on the dashboard. You can have several license plates associated with the Permit.
- Allows parking at most NYC curbside street parking, including:
- All NYC “No Parking*” zones on the street except No Parking zones for taxi stands,
- All No Standing spaces authorized for doctors, press, diplomats and government agencies,
- All metered NYC street parking spaces without paying, and
- All ‘No Standing, Trucks Loading & Unloading’ zones except for specified restricted hours.
- DOES NOT ALLOW parking at:
- Any “No Stopping” zones,
- Any ‘No Standing’ zones other than listed above, Read more…
April 29, 2013
Hiroko Matsuike/The New York Times
As part of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy, he wants to add 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.
Right now, NYC has 100 public electric vehicle charging stations (mostly in off-street NYC parking garages) plus another 120 charging stations for NYC’s fleet of 458 electric vehicles. Bloomberg’s proposal would add another 30 charging stations for NYC vehicles, bringing the total to 150 to be used by NYC-owned electric vehicles.
In his February 2013 address, Bloomberg said, “This year we’ll pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes. We’ll work with Read more…
March 21, 2013
We’ve been hearing about electric vehicles for a few years now. With huge gas savings, government tax credits for buying an electric vehicle, and free parking — these cars seem like a great option.
But lately the discussion has been questioning these subsidies, ie. if electric vehicles are so fantastic, why does there need to be so many incentives to encourage us to buy them? The Nissan Leaf starts at about $35,000.
At a parking conference last year, one session focused solely on parking demand and supply for electric vehicles:
- If we make a car owner pay for the electricity, should we give him free parking?
- What is someone parks in a garage for 8 hours and uses only 2 hours of a battery charge? That takes away the space for other people to park.
- If you offer electric car charging stations at on-street parking, the space needs to be handicapped-accessible.
- Can we give someone free electric charging and charge more for the parking?
In NYC, Edison Parking began offering electric vehicle charging stations in 21 NJ & NYC garages in February 2011. Edison offered free charging for the first six months. Read more…
August 13, 2012
For New Yorkers who can’t stand the idea of paying for a NYC parking garage, several times a week they participate in the every annoying ritual of moving the car for Alternate Side Parking Regulations (ASP). ASP is a set of days and times when one full side of the street needs to be clear for the street cleaning trucks to get through.
Transportation Alternatives has announced a soon-to-be released study, “Duet of the Commons: The Impact of Street Cleaning on Car Usage in New York.” This study looks at how NYC’s street cleaning rules may affect driving behavior. In the study, a pair of New York University researchers from NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management found that alternate side parking increases car usage in the New York City region by an average of 7.1 percent.
It seems that when New Yorkers have to move their cars for the ASP street cleaning, Read more…