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March 17, 2011

According to a March poll from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, New Yorkers are more concerned with transportation than NYC traffic and congestion.  They care more about the NYC buses and NYC subways than adding or taking away traffic lanes for things like fast-service buses.

Granted, only 5% of the registered voters surveyed targeted transportation as the most important issue for NYC, after education and the economy. Of that 5%, two-thirds cited ‘quality mass transit’ as the top issue, and 20% were concerned with traffic congestion.

Turns out that 54% of NYC households don’t have a vehicle, so this all makes sense.

Read the full article from Streetsblog.

January 12, 2011

On January 5th, the NYC City Council voted NOT to increase NYC parking meter rates by 25¢ in Manhattan above 86th Street and in the four boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The increase would have put NYC parking meter rates at $1/hr from the current 75¢/ hr, which is still pretty inexpensive compared to a typical garage rate of $10 – $30/hr.

The increase was part of Mayor Bloomberg’s new July 1st budget but got negotiated out, along with about $35 million in other services to be cut, after some pretty tough opposition from Transportation Committee Chair James Vacca. How much is the city giving up? $2.5 million. That’s a lot of quarters. And if you park below 86th Street in Manhattan, you can expect your parking meter rate to increase from $2.50 to $3/hr. Read more…

December 17, 2010

NYC Councilman David Greenfield (D-Midwood) has proposed that 15 feet on either side of a fire hydrant be painted red to clearly show where you can and cannot park.

The upside for drivers? We think it will reduce parking tickets because drivers will know exactly where the 15 feet of prohibited area starts. It will also help the NYC Fire Department get access to the fire hydrants.

Will this hurt drivers? Only if you’re the NYC driver who takes risks and usually parks too close to the fire hydrant. Without a photo, this is one ticket you won’t be able to defend by saying that you were, in fact, parked farther than 15 feet.

What’s the impact to NYC? Greenfield says, “…it could create more parking spaces because some people are just too nervous to be the closest car to a fire hydrant even if they are more than 15 feet away.” Park It! isn’t 100% in agreement with this hypothesis, and given that Brooklyn alone had 120,000 tickets issued in 2010 for parking too close to a fire hydrant, the city is bound to also lose quite a bit of revenue at $115 per ticket.

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December 2, 2010

If you’re one of the millions of people coming to NYC for New Year’s Eve this year, and you’re brave enough to drive into the city, we can help you find parking.

Tip 1 – Arrive early on December 31st, or even on December 30th. Most of the streets around Times Square will start closing on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve.

Free parking does exist. If you want to park on the street, read the signs. Most streets have free parking after 7pm, but around Times Square these areas will have No Parking from Friday, December 31st at 12:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 1st: Read more…

September 20, 2010

It’s here again — the UN General Assembly, when leaders from 169 countries gather in NYC and make the area from 42nd to 60th Streets and 1st to Park Avenues an obstacle course for pedestrians, taxis, and drivers.  Here’s what we know to help you manage the random traffic freezes and security checkpoints:


Expect random freezes for all pedestrian and vehicular traffic:

1st Ave from 34th – 49th St

41st – 47th Streets from 1st – 2nd Avenues and Tudor City Places. These areas are restricted to residents, delegates, and authorized person with business on the block.

Eastern parking lane of 2nd Ave from 42nd – 57th Street. This area will be blocked by emergency cones and is restricted law enforcement and emergency personnel only.


2nd Ave at 41st, 42nd, 44th, 45th, and 46th Streets

1st Ave at 42nd and 46th Streets

Read more…

July 7, 2010

On June 27, 2010, the MTA cut 570 bus stops as part of its overall cuts to the bus and subway system. And then, naturally, people started parking there. And got parking tickets.

Good news! If you got a parking violation at a bus stop that was ‘de-commissioned’, you can fight it and get the ticket dismissed. Turns out the Traffic Enforcement Agents were told not to give tickets in these bus stops, but the message didn’t get out to everyone. More info from the Wall Street Journal.

May 8, 2010

If NYC is designed on a grid, then how come it’s hard to find a building or know exactly where an address is? Here are some great hints for getting around NYC.

Fifth Avenue generally divides Manhattan into the East Side and West Side. Building numbers start at 1 at Fifth Avenue and go up as the buildings move East or West of Fifth Avenue. Here’s the chart, which was generously given to us by John Tauranac, author of Block by Block and other fabulous guides to NYC subways, buses, and streets.

East/West Buildings are numbered by block from 23rd – 139th Streets

1 – 40………5th – Madison Aves
41 – 99……..Madison – Park Aves
100 – 140…..Park – Lexington Aves
141 – 199…..Lexington – 3rd Aves
200 – 299…..3rd – 2nd Aves
300 – 399…..2nd – 1st Aves
400 – 499…..1st Ave – Ave A, Sutton Pl, York Ave or Pleasant Ave
500 – 599…..Ave A – Ave B, York – East End Ave
600 – 699…..Ave B – Ave C, East End Ave – East River

West Side from 5th Ave, 14th – 59th Streets
1 – 99……….5th – 6th Aves
100 – 199…..6th – 7th Aves
200 – 299…..7th – 8th Aves
300 – 399…..8th – 9th Aves
400 – 499…..9th – 10th Aves
500 – 599…..10th – 11th Aves
600 – 699…..11th – 12th Aves

West Side from 5th Ave, 60th – 109th Streets
1 – 99………Central Park West – Columbus Aves
100 – 199…..Columbus – Amsterdam Aves
200 – 299…..Amsterdam – West End Aves
300 – 399…..West End Ave – Riverside Dr

Read more to find out how to Find an Avenue Address or Cross-Street, know how long it will take you to walk to your destination, and find a Street Address. Read more…

Filed under: Getting Around NYC — Tags: , , , , — mtohn @ 6:07 pm
February 28, 2010

Remember back in late May 2009, when seemingly overnight the North/Southbound streets in Times Square were suddenly turned into pedestrian lounge-rooms? The streets were painted green and filled with plastic chairs and tables.

The results are in, and those newer metal chairs and tables are going to stay plus get an upgrade to permanent furniture.

Times Square - before new traffic pattern

Times Square - before new traffic pattern

Times Square's pedestrian area

Times Square's pedestrian area

It’s all part of the Green Light for Midtown project spearheaded by Mayor Bloomberg and implemented by the NYC DOT*, where the goals are to make the NYC streets safer and to reduce NYC traffic and congestion. For Times Square, DOT was looking to improve the NYC traffic flow on 6th & 7th Avenues and make Broadway safer for pedestrians and drivers. If you’ve been through that area, you’ve seen the new pedestrian spaces on Broadway from 42nd – 47th Streets, and also on 33rd – 35th Streets.

How do we know if it worked? DOT used GPS units in taxis to compare travel times in fall 2008 against fall 2009 and found that: Read more…

February 22, 2010

Have you ever been tempted to ask a stranger to share a cab? Well now you can.

NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)’s one-year test of a Group Ride program started a few weeks ago. Three Group Ride Stands are already active and three more are being planned.

How it Works
Two to four passengers can pay a per-person flat fare of $3 – $4 to share a taxi from a Group Ride stand to a common destination and you can get out anywhere along that route.

Who Tips?
Saving on a taxi ride is definitely a great idea. Our only question is, who tips? No doubt the last person exiting the taxi is going to get stuck with a higher fare than the other riders. Let us know if you have any ideas how to manage the tipping issue.

Where to Get a Group Ride Read more…

September 10, 2009

We got an email from a subscriber asking about a particular street parking sign, and want to share our answer.

Dear Park It! Guides:
My daughter just moved to the city and the sign in front of her building looks like this.


What the heck does that mean?
Does it mean no standing unless you are a commercial vehicle but cars can park (you can park but not stand?) between 7am and 7pm with a metered ticket but only for 3 hours? and after 7pm free? (til 7am) is the 3 hours for the ticket or the after 7pm?? and then free all day Sunday???? and just to be sure if it had anything to do with the “alternate side parking” which I totally don’t understand this street would indicate it was involved in that practice?

Dear Confused in Connecticut:

NYC street parking signs can be very confusing. We consulted with Larry Berezin at New York Parking Ticket and he confirmed our answer, which is: Read more…

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