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…
July 24, 2012
Want to park your own car for NYC monthly parking? We’ve just compiled a list of NYC self-parking garages from our garage partners. But before you run to park your own car, you should know the pros and cons to self-parking garages in NYC.
You Will Save Time because you don’t need to call ahead to pick up your car.
You Will Choose Where You Park because you’re parking your own car.
You Won’t Pay More for an SUV or Oversize Vehicle because small vehicles and large vehicles are using the same amount of space in the car stalls.
The Bad News
You Will Probably Pay More for a self-park garage. I know, you’re thinking ‘If the garage doesn’t have to pay the valet, then why does it cost more?’ With a valet attended garage, the attendants can squeeze in a lot of cars by parking them on 4-level high hydraulic lifts, parking them 3 deep bumper to bumper, and placing them very close together. That’s because they’re the only ones getting the cars and they have the keys to move around the cars. (If you’ve ever wondered why your windows are sometimes rolled down, it’s because the valets may need to climb out the window when they park the cars close together).
In a self-park garage, though, the stalls for each car are clearly marked and cannot change. That means the garage has a limited capacity and will usually charge more for each monthly parking space.
You May Have Car Damage with no recourse because you won’t know the other drivers.
Where are NYC’s Self-Parking Garages? Read more…
April 19, 2012
If you have ever wondered how the NYC parking garage rates came to be, it all started nearly 50 years ago when one man decided that the current signs were just too confusing.
Elliot Brownstein was working in the advertising business in 1964 when he read a newspaper article outlining the NYC License Commissioner’s concerns that visitors to the 1964 World’s Fair would find the NYC garage signs hard to understand and would end up overpaying for parking. Back then, each letter was six inches tall but the Commissioner wanted the letters to be 12 inches tall — that would require a billboard! On top of that, the NYC parking garage rates had this structure:
|Up to 1 Hour
|Each additional hour
|After 7 hours
This meant that every customer and garage attendant had to be able to add $.75 + $.55 + $.35 for each additional hour, and then maybe $.25 for each hour after that. Read more…
February 28, 2012
Why isn’t most NYC parking free? The street is public property, right?
If all street parking were free, then many people wouldn’t move their cars and people wouldn’t be able to find an empty spot. So charging for on-street parking is a way to manage the supply and demand, plus generate revenue for NYC to maintain the city. And since street parking is highly sought after, NYC can charge for it based on its value to drivers.
When it comes to NYC parking, you have three choices: the first two are a non-metered, free parking space on the street, or try to find a vacant metered space. If that fails, there are 1,100 NYC parking garages in Manhattan alone that will take your car, make sure it isn’t stolen or damaged, and charge you appropriately for it.
But we found at least 20 ways to save on both NYC street and NYC garage parking. If you think of any more ways, let us know!
NYC Street Parking
- Non-Metered Streets: there are many streets in residential areas where there is free parking on the street. Usually in the E 60s and above, or the W 70s and above. Read more…
December 13, 2011
There are 9 days identified as Gridlock Alert Days for 2011. Drive only if you really, really, really have to.
- Friday, November 18
- Wednesday, November 23
- Wednesday, November 30
- Friday, December 9
- Thursday, December 15
- Friday, December 16
- Wednesday, December 21
- Thursday, December 22
- Friday, December 23
On a Gridlock Alert Day, it’s best to take public transportation. If you have to drive, park out the outskirts in a NYC parking garage and then take public transportation or work. Believe us, it’s worth the cost of the NYC parking garage to avoid the hassles of a NYC Gridlock Alert day and to know that your vehicle is safe in a NYC garage.
Your Garage Holiday Tipping. It’s all part of the NYC parking garage experience.
$25? $100? How much is right? Your car is probably your second most valuable asset after your house, so under-tipping could be a bad choice. To find out the trends for monthly parkers, we surveyed one dozen NYC garages on December 9, 2011 and asked our fellow parkers how they approach holiday topping for parking garages.
Turns out that garages anticipate you will tip based on where the garage is located and how you use your car.
SOME ADVICE FOR 2011
- Midtown East, Upper West Side, & Upper East Side: $25 – $100 per employee, with Managers getting the higher end of the range. In the more affluent areas like E80s near 5th Ave and Park Aves, $100 per employee is considered ‘average’.
- Busy Midtown Garage: $30 – $40 per employee is the average
As of December 9th, the NYC garages were just starting to receive tips so they couldn’t say if people were tipping more or less.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER Read more…