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December 19, 2013

Beam_Charging_Electric_VehicleIt’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…

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November 27, 2013

The NYC Gridlock Alert Days for 2013 are:

  • Wednesday, November 27
  • Wednesday, December 4
  • Friday, December 6
  • Thursday, December 12
  • Friday, December 13
  • Wednesday, December 18
  • Thursday, December 19
  • Friday, December 20

You know the drill:

  • Avoid driving in Midtown NYC
  • Take NYC subways or NYC buses
  • Walk
  • If you do drive, park in a NYC Parking Garage — avoid traffic, avoid a NYC parking ticket, avoid a headache
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…

September 30, 2013

Image,_Car2GoCould this really be the end to driving around looking for the elusive free NYC street parking space? Can we really look forward to not shelling out  $40 an hour to park in a NYC parking garage?

Not so fast, but it is a possibility. Earlier in 2013, Car2Go, a car-sharing company focusing on one-way rentals, negotiated with both Washington, DC and San Francisco to purchase:

  1. Access to street parking in permit-only areas, and 
  2. Specific street parking spaces without paying any parking meter fees. 

If you rent a vehicle from Car2Go, you get Read more…

February 22, 2013

NYC Parking TicketWe 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

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…

January 17, 2013

NYC Parking TicketThink 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:

  • Make,
  • 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.


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.


Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade_Route_2012

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.


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:

Street Parking

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.

Garage Parking

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…

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