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June 30, 2015

NYC Muni MeterAs of July 1, 2015, you’ll be able to pre-pay your NYC Muni Meter up to one hour before the meter regulations go into effect.

Why? This change, sponsored by NYC Councilman David G. Greenfield, specifically benefits NYC drivers who need NYC street parking before the Muni Meter becomes active, but won’t be able to feed the meter when it does become active. For example, you have an 8:30am doctor appointment and you need to arrive at 8:15am, but the Muni Meter doesn’t become active until 8:30am. Currently, you’d have to run out just as your appointment is starting. Under this new legislation, you can pre-pay the NYC Muni Meter at 8:15am — to begin the parking period at 8:30am. Greenfield sponsored this bill to help NYC drivers avoid that dreaded NYC parking ticket.

Sounds simple, right? But because of the complexities involved, Greenfield’s law gave the City two years from July 1, 2013 to change the muni-meter machines to accept pre-payment. The city has already re-programmed many muni-meters including ones in Greenfield’s Boro Park neighborhood. All of the city’s muni-meters will be reprogrammed by this July 1st.

February 12, 2015

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.

Filed under: Buses,Driving & Traffic News,Parking News,Subways — Tags: , — mtohn @ 11:01 am

Image,_Valet_Anywhere_logoTired 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
  • Drive
  • 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…

November 21, 2014

The NYC Gridlock Alert Days for 2014 are:

  • Friday, November 21
  • Wednesday, November 26
  • Wednesday, December 3
  • Friday, December 5
  • Thursday, December 11
  • Friday, December 12
  • Wednesday, December 17
  • Thursday, December 18
  • Friday, December 19

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
Filed under: NYC Parking,Parking & Driving Advice — Tags: , — mtohn @ 11:52 am
July 8, 2014

Parking CupidYep, another parking app that guarantees to help you find parking. Since most of these apps and websites are essentially the same, here’s our quick rundown of Parking Cupid:

Cost to Find Parking: Free for unlimited search results, access to listings. ‘Premium Access’ costs $7.50 per month and gives you ‘full access to the website’, private messaging, ‘advanced search filters’, parking ticket appeal letters, and customer support.

Cost of Parking: Parking owners and parkers negotiate the fee for monthly parking.

Cost to Sell Parking: Free to list your parking space in general. ‘Premium Listings’ costs $30 for 3 months, and gets you priority ranking in search results, featured on the home page, social media promotion.

Who is Providing Parking: The parking inventory seems to be sourced from private homes and residences. We didn’t see anything about street parking or off-street garages.  Read more…

Filed under: Parking Apps — Tags: , — mtohn @ 3:55 pm

NYC Alternate Side Parking ASPOn Monday, June 7, 2014, the NYC City Council held a hearing on a bill that would allow drivers in NYC to return to parking spaces once the street sweepers pass through for NYC street cleaning. For locals, the street cleaning is referred to as Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations. For anywhere from 2 to 3 hours a day, you are not allowed to have your vehicle on a particular street so the NYC Department of Sanitation can ‘sweep’ the streets. Most ASP signs are clearly marked with the ‘P’ symbol with a broom through it.

We’ve covered this proposal before, and here’s a recap.


  1. Potentially significant reduction in wait times for NYC drivers who have to wait 2 – 4 hours in their vehicles during the mandated Alternate Side Parking regulation time.
  2. Much less double-parking by these vehicles, so traffic will be reduced as well

Objections & Concerns Read more…

July 2, 2014

NerdWallet, a financial website, has offered another analysis of the costs of owning a vehicle in major cities.

In order, the most expensive cities are:

  1. New York City
  2. Detroit — highest average insurance premium of $4,924.99
  3. San Francisco
  4. Chicago
  5. Washington, D.C. — highest annual hours of delay per commuter of 67 hours
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Miami, FL — lowest average gas price at $3.66/gallon
  9. Honolulu, Hawaii — highest average gas price at $4.35/gallon
  10. Oakland, CA

Some of the less expensive cities were:

12. Los Angeles — lowest average number of days with precipitation per year with 32 days
14. Cleveland, OH — highest average number of days with precipitation per year with 150 days, lowest annual hours of delay per commuter with 31 hours, lowest average insurance premium of 4796.54 Read more…

Filed under: Driving & Traffic News — Tags: , — mtohn @ 4:48 pm
January 8, 2014

Starting soon, you’ll be able to pay for your NYC parking space right on your smart phone. No more searching for coins (though the last single-space meters that require coins were taken off the streets in 2011) or walking up and down the block looking for the Muni-Meter and using your credit card.

On December 26th, 2013, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn announced that NYC has started the process for vendors to bid on the pay-by-phone contract. Once implemented, you’ll be able to pay by smart phone at all 14,000 NYC street parking space meters, in all five boroughs.

What will change:

  • No more paper receipts for you to place on your dashboard
  • NYPD Traffic Enforcement Officers will have online information about your payment and NYC parking space
  • You can add time remotely, but only up to the allowable legal limit for that parking space

We don’t know:

  • If you will still be able to pay by credit card or NYC Parking Card at the Muni-Meter
  • How a driver will identify the specific parking space since streets with Muni-Meters do not have marked parking spaces.
  • If the NYC parking rates will change
December 16, 2013

Image,_Electric_Vehicle_Charging,_NYTThe 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.

Read more…


With Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio trying to improve daily life for NYC residents, Crain’s New York Business has gathered a list of ways to make getting around NYC easier. Here are some ideas for walking, NYC driving, NYC parking, subways, buses, ferries, deliveries, pay by phone, NYC Muni-Meters, bike lanes, and pedestrian plazas:

NYC Parking Ideas

Text to pay NYC Muni meters. Allow drivers to register a credit card with the city, text the number of the Muni meter to register their location, and pay the NYC parking fare, says Michael Woloz, a lobbyist for the taxi industry. No more fumbling for change, running out to feed the meter or waiting for approval in the freezing cold.

Neighborhood parking permits. Residents would pay an annual fee to park in their neighborhood. Everyone else would pay a metered or daily rate.

NYC Driving Ideas

Give NYC control of all the roads within the five boroughs. Read more…

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