Did you know that New York City has over 99 distinct parking violations with fines reaching up to $515 for some offenses? Even if you manage to decipher all of the parking signs that litter New York City streets, you can still get hit with fines for offenses that require no notice. For example, parking too close to an intersection, or “blocking the box”, can cost you a whopping $115! As if we didn’t already pay enough city tax!
Buried deep in all of these parking violations, there are some neighborhoods in Manhattan that have their own parking rules. For instance, parking your car in the Garment District (35th to 41st streets between 6th and 8th Avenues) at anytime between 7AM and 7PM will result in a $115 fine (even on Sundays!). So for anyone looking to stop over in the Garment District, garage parking is an absolute must!
If you find yourself in Murray Hill, don’t even waste your time trying to find street parking. There are 193 member states in the United Nations and it is well known that diplomats hate subways. As a result, street parking is restricted to those with diplomatic or consular plates only. Unless you can use your diplomatic immunity to get out of paying your tickets, good luck not breaking the bank with parking in Murray Hill.
Another area to watch out for is what the city refers to as “The Blue Zone”. The Blue Zone is a huge swath of land in lower Manhattan, stretching from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way down to Battery Park, and from Broadway in the West to South Street in the east. Parking in the Blue Zone from 7AM-7PM Monday though Friday is will run you a $65 bill from the Boys in Blue. Since the law applies generally to the entire area, parking signage is not necessarily required, catching many an unsuspecting motorist off-guard. So take note, you out-of-towners travelling to New York City for the first time!
For New York drivers “in-the-know,” it is no secret that there are a million ways to get a ticket. Some stubborn drivers refuse to park anywhere but on the street, but for those of us that want to maintain our sanity driving in The Big Apple, garage parking is the way to go. Save yourself the hassle and the mystery fines that come with street parking and stay ahead of the game by booking your parking in advance with ParkJockey. In fact use the promo code PKTIX and Save 10%. We promise: booking ahead with ParkJockey will not result in hefty fines, so save your greenies and book with ParkJockey!