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Pride Week 2015!

As the physical and virtual worlds transform into every color of the rainbow, ParkJockey invites all LGBTQ individuals and supporters to #ParkwithPride for Pride Week 2015! We have teamed up with the “It Gets Better” Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to communicate to LGBT youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the change needed to make it better for them. We encourage all NYC and Chicago Pride Week 2015 attendees to reserve their parking in advance in support of the “It Gets Better” project. For every parking reservation, $1 of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit.

    NYC Pride March   ♥  

One of the most popular NYC parades of the year will paint Fifth Avenue in every color imaginable. For Pride Week 2015, more than 50 floats, 300 marching organizations and thousands of spectators will unify for a celebration of love, equality and PRIDE for one’s’ true color! This year’s grand marshals are actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and artist-educator J. Christopher Neal. Check HERE  for a full list of New York Pride Week events. The march begins at Fifth Ave and 36th St and proceeds south to the reviewing stand at Fifth Ave and 8th St before turning west on Christopher St. to Greenwich Street.

To book your parking for the NYC Pride Week 2015 events, click HERE!

  Chicago Pride Parade   

Chicago’s 2015 Pride Parade will highlight 200 registered performances including floats, decorated vehicles, dance groups, marching bands and walking contingents.The participants represent LGBTQ supporting community programs, clubs, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members. As the most historical Pride Week 2015, officials are estimating the crowd to be in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. Extra police officers and parade marshals will be stationed at various points on the street in front of the barricades along the parade route. The parade starts at noon on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

To reserve your parking for the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade, click HERE!


Port Canaveral Parking ACTIVATED!

ParkJockey is proud to announce our newest location 528 Port Parking is now live for all cruises debarking from Port Canaveral, Florida! The lot is conveniently located right off FL-528 E, which brings you straight into the port. The rate is $8.88 per day with a complimentary shuttle to and from the port. The shuttle operates every day from 11am until 3pm and runs every 45 minutes.

ParkJockey makes safety a top priority. Our Port Canaveral parking lot is properly equipped with video surveillance as well as 24-hour security so you won’t have to worry about the safety of your vehicle during your voyage!

Reserve Port Canaveral parking right now at 528 Port Parking and enter promo code CRUISE15 to save $5!


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Fed up of not knowing which restaurant to pick? Are troll reviews skewing your foodie desires? You won’t be fooled with ResDiary!

ResDiary restaurant bookings system is one of the world’s leading providers of online reservations, seating approximately 4 million diners per month across 3,900 restaurants in 30 countries.

Headquartered in the UK, they have team members and licensees in the UK, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Indonesia, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Dubai, Bahrain, Australia and New Zealand.

The reviews submitted to the ResDiary platform are those which have actually visited the restaurant and their reviews are 100% authentic.

“We are delighted to be partnered with a great company like ResDiary and help their valued customers who are driving to their reservation; park for an affordable price and make it on time all with minimum effort” – Bhavik Panchal, Marketing & Community Manager

Tickle your taste buds and reserve your tables here with ResDiary





PlumValet Launch in New York

Sunday February 15th, Madison Square Garden, New York City.  The end of the NBA All-Star game weekend.  It is also the day that ParkJockey has chosen to launch PlumValet, its valet parking service, in New York.  What a challenge for a launch: 8 professional valets from our partner, Elegant Valet, 30 reserved parking spots at a Rapid Park nearby, the lowest temperatures in 20 years, and a lot of traffic!  But the team is ready.  As soon as the first car arrives everything kicks in:

– “Thanks for using PlumValet, my name is Carlos I will look after your vehicle”

– “Use our app to request your car back, please give us 15 min notice”

– “Thank you for using PlumValet.  Sign up on PlumValet.com and get your next booking free”

The launch is a success.  The users are delighted, they could stop right in front of the Arena and avoid the freezing windchill.  All cars were returned safely and there was no need to use our $2 million insurance policy.

We are really proud that all our users trusted us with their cars.  That you drop off a brand new Porsche Carrera 4S or a 2005 Toyota Camry, we understand that your car is special to you and therefore it has to be special to our team.

Let us park you next time you are in town and enjoy life more!

Follow @PlumValet on Twitter.

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ParkJockey CEO at Florida Venture Capital Conference 2015

As a way to spark innovation and link professionals together, the Florida Venture Forum hosted their annual capital conference showcasing 20-25 of Florida’s most rapidly growing start-ups. Each start-up had the opportunity to present to an audience of angel investors, venture capitalists, and industry professionals. The two day networking event consisted of various panels discussing perspectives on the landscapes of investing, fundraising, and developing strategic operations. The company exhibitions ranged across industries from retractable golf clubs, to payment processing apps, to cutting edge healthcare technologies, and to other market disrupting entities. ParkJockey was honored to present at the largest capital conference in the state of Florida. The opportunity increased ParkJockey’s exposure within Florida’s start-up ecosystem as well providing several prospective investors and customers. The event was covered in several local publications, including The Miami Herald.


Street Parking in Chicago

Good convenient street parking in Chicago can be a miracle when you’re able to find it, but did you know that Chicago’s street parking is a strictly regulated as any operation in the nation?

Do you have a city sticker for the right zone? Are you willing to potentially need to come out in the middle of the night and renew your parking reservation with a machine?

Before you decide that you want to take advantage of the parking that the city streets offer – ask yourself – wouldn’t using ParkJockey (www.parkjockey.com – available in the Apple and Android app stores) be easier and in most cases cost the same price or less?

We offer hourly and monthly parking throughout the entire city. Our lots our commercial in nature and not subject to the city’s street parking regulations. Before you make your decision about where to park tonight – brush up on the following regulations and then take a look at a ParkJockey spot!

Frequently Asked Questions – Parking and Compliance in City of Chicago

Q. Will contesting or challenging my ticket really give me more time to pay?

A. No. Contrary to popular belief, contesting or challenging a ticket will unlikely buy you more time. In fact, if you are found liable you may be billed more quickly. Should you need more time to pay a ticket, please take advantage of one of the City of Chicago’s available payment plans.

Q. If I elect to contest my ticket by mail, what information should be included?

A. Set forth facts that establish an allowable defense. Also sign any supporting evidence and indicate the ten-digit ticket number of the ticket you are contesting on each piece of evidence. Evidence includes but is not limited to: photographs, affidavits, your state vehicle registration, or official police vehicle theft and/or recovery reports. Make sure the documents are legible and complete. Send copies, not originals; evidence will not be returned.

Q. My car is registered outside of Chicago. Am I still required to display a City Sticker on my car?

A. Yes, as long as you are a resident of Chicago. Residents include all people who own or rent property in Chicago, regardless of whether or not Chicago is your primary home. New residents must obtain and display a City sticker in 30 days.

Q. I do not own property in Chicago but instead rent an apartment. Am I still required to display a City Sticker on my car?

A. Yes, renters must obtain and properly display a city sticker.

Q. I’ve seen ticket-issuers taking photos of violations. What’s going on?

A. Parking enforcement personnel may issue tickets using handheld computers that can also take supporting photos. Photos will serve as evidence to a violation. Motorists who receive a ticket that is supported by photographs may view them on this site.

Q. Will the Administrative Law Officer listen to my side of the story?

A. Yes, but you need to raise one of the allowable defenses. Administrative Law Officers are private attorneys contracted by the City of Chicago’s Department of Administrative Hearings. They are trained to hear parking ticket cases and must be fair and impartial. They must base their rulings on ordinances and not on personal feelings.

 Q. Why did I get a ticket when there was clearly no yellow line?

A. The yellow line itself does not determine whether a parking space is legal or illegal. The yellow line is merely a warning to look around for a “no parking sign” or an indication that you can’t park there.

Q. Can I get a ticket, even if I was illegally parked for a minute?

A. You may be ticketed for parking illegally for any amount of time. The actual duration one is parked illegally is not a defense.

Q. Can I be ticketed even if there was time on the meter? How is that possible?

A. If you are parked at a two-hour meter, for example, you are not allowed to feed the meter after the two hours are over. You must move your car so that other motorists may park. Even if you put more quarters in the meter, if you have parked there over the stated limit, you can get a ticket.

Q. Why did I get a ticket for a Street Cleaning Violation? There were no signs posted when I parked.

A. The City must provide reasonable notice of street cleaning or other temporary no-parking restrictions. A hearing officer can determine whether or not a violation is proper.

Q. I received multiple tickets for the same meter violation, how is that possible?

A. Motorists can get multiple parking tickets for sitting at the same expired meter, so if you are parked at an expired one-hour meter for more than two hours, you can get two tickets.

Q. What are the defenses for contesting parking tickets?

A. The Municipal Code of Chicago allows the following defenses for parking and compliance tickets. The following defenses are allowed for most parking and compliance tickets:

 The respondent was not the owner or lessee of the cited vehicle at the time of the violation;

The cited vehicle or its state registration plates (license plates) were stolen at the time of the violation;

The relevant signs prohibiting or restricting parking were missing or obscured;

The relevant parking meter was inoperable or malfunctioned through no fault of the respondent;

The facts alleged in the parking or compliance violation notice are inconsistent or do not support a finding that the specified regulation was violated (e.g., motorists may contest a city sticker violation if they have resided in Chicago for less than 30 days or the cited vehicle was purchased in the last 30 days; tinted windows comply with the medical use requirement of 625 ILCS 5/12-503(g); the residential parking permit was issued to a delivery, service, or repair vehicle or home health care provider doing business with or assisting a resident of the zone; etc.);

The illegal vehicle condition did not exist at the time of the compliance violation;

The illegal vehicle condition was corrected prior to the hearing (Note: this defense does not apply to city sticker violations (§ 9-64-125), muffler or exhaust violations (§ 9-76-140(a)), missing plate violations (§ 9-76-160(a)), expired registration violations (§ 9-76-160(f)), and tinted window violations (§ 9-76-220)).

Q. What are the defenses for contesting red-light tickets?

A. The following defenses are allowed for red-light violations recorded by automated cameras (violations issued pursuant to 9-102-020 of the Municipal Code of Chicago). You should have received a notice by postal mail displaying three (3) images of a vehicle registered in your name, including a close-up image of the vehicle’s license plate:

The operator was also issued a uniform traffic citation for a violation of sections 9-8-020(c) or 9-16-030(c) (for purposes of red light camera violations issued pursuant to section 9-102-020 only);

That the violation occurred when the vehicle or its state registration plates (license plates) were reported to a law enforcement agency as having been stolen, and the vehicle or its plates had not been recovered by the owner at the time of the alleged violation;

The vehicle was an authorized emergency vehicle or was lawfully participating in a funeral procession;

That the facts alleged in the violation notice are inconsistent or do not support a finding that the Chicago Municipal code was violated;

The respondent was not the owner of the cited vehicle at the time of the violation.


Choose your road wisely…

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.”
Will Rogers  



Everyone now has just about managed to restart their car –  some would’ve needed their choke, some would’ve done it with a groan – but it’s time to start the 2015 journey.

Now depending on what road you take from this week forward, there could either be a bundle of opportunity, little opportunity or none whatsoever.

Let’s hope there is a bundle!

Think of the tempting parking spots, conveyed by Rogers, as little pockets that stop you from reaching the end goal.

These goals can be little and large from; getting a promotion, having an amazing birthday or maybe watching your sports team win the league title.

Now at ParkJockey, our culture takes a similar approach in making sure you the valued customer drives down the road comfortably to your desired destination.

> Try driving down the road and being stuck in traffic –  You can call us Moses but we’ll make sure you weave your way to the space, just in time and close to the office for that important meeting you need to be at for work (for your promotion).

> It’s a miserable rainy day and parking seems to be scarce – We can’t change the weather but we can certainly make sure your eyes are dry from the agony of looking for parking for over 10 minutes. In the end you make it early enough for your birthday party, and the the spot was even reserved for you.

> It’s gridlock near the stadium and there are fans walking around the street with their hotdogs and burgers  – You’ve joined them, soaking up the atmosphere and ready for your favourite sports team’s big game of the year – because you pre-booked your parking in advance and you got there before all the commotion!





Have a great new year!

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Art Basel Miami Madness

Every year the beginning of December marks the time when everyone’s mind gears toward the holidays – but not in Miami. The city goes into an “Art Basel” frenzy. As one of the largest international art fairs, Art Basel Miami, attracts 75,000+ visitors throughout the week. The explosive influx of world-renowned artists, pop culture celebrities, public figures, and affluent scions creates a glitzy, “cannot-miss” hype around the seven day event. This year’s pop icon appearances include: Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Usher, Joe Jonas, Kim Kardashian, Usain Bolt, A$AP Rocky, and even Paris Hilton who deejayed at Wall Miami.

Jeremy Scott & Moschino Art Basel Party with Belvedere Vodka at the Thompson Miami Beach

Art Basel is the largest exhibition taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, however, the term is commonly used to describe the week long art fair, formally called Miami Art Week. The fair spans across Miami Beach, Midtown, the Design District, Wynwood, and beyond.

Just at the peak of Art Basel when the sidewalks were overflowing and road congestion was backed up for miles, a protest hit the streets which made driving a nightmare.  But the ParkJockey Team would not be slowed, and assisted drivers to find the most accessible parking locations.  Throughout the week ParkJockey taught visitors and locals alike how to master the art of parking during the chaos of it all.

The ParkJockey team wasn’t content simply solving Basel’s parking problems and was caught in the artistic vibes flowing through the city.  ParkJockey had an interactive Art Basel inspired painting activity in order to stimulate people’s inner artistic ability! Throughout the week ParkJockey customers and Art Basel visitors of all ages stopped to contribute to the Miami HEAT and ParkJockey mural. ParkJockey also handed out Miami HEAT t-shirts to those apart of the HEAT Nation family! At some point, a local artist got ahold of one of our t-shirts and turned it into his own artwork at a live demonstration in Wynwood!

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ParkJockey Provides Convenient Parking for the HeatNation


ParkJockey Miami is proud to be featured in the Culture section of  The Miami New Times  as the official parking partner of the  Miami HEAT. The home opener for Miami was last Tuesday, October 30th, 2014, and marked a great start for this year’s NBA season. ParkJockey Miami has already begun to  reduce the stress of parking for the  HeatNation and proud to be a partner of the Miami HEAT!


Scott Rosen, General Manager for Miami, was interviewed by  Miami New Times to give more insight into ParkJockey’s presence in the city, “We probably have about 100 locations with access to 15,000 spaces. We have lots from as far south as Coconut Grove to as far north as Port Canaveral”. Scott continued, “it’s very simple — you open up the app or website and search. We have location and event-based search. So you could search for American Airlines Arena or Wynwood or III Points, then the app will pull up the closest locations in the area at the best rates. It’s one touch parking”.

Read the full Miami New Times article  here.


ParkJockey presents PlumValet!

twitter-header-template-12skipCircled the block for 15 minutes and still parking a 10 minute walk away from your the shops? Lost your reservation at your favorite restaurant in town because it took 20 minutes to park outside the restaurant? Made your date walk six blocks in those fancy high heels because the closest garage was full?

Sounds all too familiar?

At ParkJockey, we believe that drivers should enjoy more shopping, dining, dating and all the good things in life rather than looking for parking, parking and walking to and from garages.  This is why we are launching PlumValet, the mobile app that lets our plum valets pick up and return your car wherever and whenever you want in New York City, Chicago, Miami and London.

We will launch the new service in a staggered manner, starting with London next week!

What makes PlumValet special? We created it to be more than a button in a mobile app for you.  We designed it to be “the hero behind the hero” like Alfred is for Batman. We engineered it to be “the tech that make you look good” like Q is for James Bond.  We programmed it to be your trusted parking helper and confidant like Alice from the Brady Bunch.

How do we do it? We have partnered with long-established valet companies and the most reputable parking operators.  Our valet partners bring professional ‘car takers’ and a proven insurance coverage.  Our parking operator partners make sure that your car and keys are locked in safe garages. This is not the first car they handle; so you can comfortably enjoy your activities next time you drive to town.​

So, pre-register NOW at PLUMVALET.COM, and your first time with PlumValet is on us!