February 22, 2013
We know that NYC Parking rules can be very complicated. So we called our friends at New York Parking Ticket and found out some NYC parking laws that even we didn’t realize existed.
NYC Parking Rules & Tricks You Never Knew or Understood
1. All NYC is a tow away zone. No notice required
2. You are not permitted to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. The distance varies from state-to-state
3. How long is a bus stop? Read more…
January 24, 2013
For 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…
January 17, 2013
Think you didn’t deserve that NYC parking ticket? Our friends at New York Parking Ticket gave us this advice to help you defend your NYC parking violation.
1. Check your ticket for mistakes. If a required element is omitted, described incorrectly, or illegible, you are entitled to a dismissal of your NYC parking violation. A required element is a bit size bit of information that a (Traffic Enforcement Agent) TEA is required to enter on a NYC parking ticket. For example:
- Registration expiration date
- Plate type
- Body type
- Date, time and place of occurrence
- Proper reference to the section of the Compilation of the NYC Rules
- Meter number, operational, and limits in some of the meter violations
2. Know the difference between No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping
Here’s a chart we developed to help you understand these terms. Read more…
November 29, 2012
NYC traffic during the November and December holiday season can be brutal. There are certain days when the NYC traffic is at an all-time high, and you are advised to use NYC subways and buses on these NYC Gridlock Alert days:
- Friday, December 7th, 2012
- Thursday, December 13th, 2012
- Friday, December 14th, 2012
- Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
- Thursday, December 20th, 2012
- Friday, December 21st, 2012
During this holiday season, NYC Department of Transportation will again implement the Holiday Traffic Mitigation Plan. The Holiday Traffic Plan was developed in coordination with other agencies and includes nine NYC Gridlock Alert Days, as well as right turn restrictions and temporary adjustments to parking regulations at key locations in Midtown Manhattan. You might also find some lanes on North-South Avenues either blocked or not letting you change lanes. Good luck!
You can also expect NYC parking garage rates to be a bit higher during events such as the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony.
November 14, 2012
Did you car get damaged in NYC’s Hurricane Sandy? We’ve researched what the largest auto insurance companies will cover.
TYPES OF INSURANCE POLICIES
Comprehensive Coverage – Covers damage caused by a natural incident, such as fire, falling trees, flooding, natural disasters, theft, damage. Essentially, anything other than a collision.
Collision Coverage – Covers damage caused from a collision with another vehicle.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 will be the 86th 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…
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…
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…
May 25, 2012
Yes, it’s true. The value of having your very own private NYC parking space in your own home has just been set at $1 million. According to The New York Post, ‘the private garage at 66 E. 11th St. costs six times more than the national-average price of a single-family home’ and ‘buying it would be the same as paying a $115 ticket for illegal parking every day — for 24 years’.
The average monthly NYC parking garage rate in Manhattan right now is about$450 (including tax), and that comes with a valet to take your car and bring it back to you. The advantage of parking right in your house, as most suburbanites know, is that it’s easy to carry packages right into the house. But if someone is paying $1 million just for a parking space, do we really think he is she is actually Read more…
May 4, 2012
Any parking garage we’ve used or heard about charges customers based on how much time the vehicle is in the parking garage. In a NYC parking garage, for example, you can pay an expensive per hour rate, a lower rate if you enter and exit by particular times (early or late in the day), or a flat rate for 6, 12, or 24 hours at some NYC parking garages.
But a Boston parking garage is taking a new approach. This parking lot is charging customers based on how much their vehicle impacts the parking lot and the world around us. For example:
- Vehicles that get less than 15 miles per gallon will pay a 10% surcharge,
- Hybrid or electric vehicles will get a 10% discount.
According to www.fastcoexist.com, ‘Scott Oran of Dinosaur Capital Partners (the company behind the lot) rationalized the move to the Boston Herald: “A big SUV has a cost both in terms of the environment and in terms of being a heavier vehicle that causes more wear and tear on our lot,” he said. “We think that should be reflected in our price.” ‘