Holidays That Suspend Alternate Side Parking in NYC

Christina Knight | December 12, 2018

street parking sign

The sign in this photo shows parking is not allowed for 1.5 hours on Wednesdays. When alternate side parking rules are suspended, you can leave your car parked all day.

If you drive a car in New York City, you may have once found yourself praying to a little understood parking deity, who appears to understand its supplicants just as little.

Finding an unmetered, free place to park on the street can try one’s soul. These tactics can save you:

  • Memorize street cleaning days and times on the city blocks you frequent.
  • Hone your parallel parking skills so maneuvering into a tight spot is as easy as squeezing into the last square foot in a crowded subway.
  • Know the holidays that suspend Alternate Side Parking rules.

When Alternate Side Parking Rules are suspended, it means there are more parking opportunities on side streets: you don’t have to move your car for the usual 1.5 hours that parking is banned for street cleaning purposes. A holiday suspension can buy you a couple of more days or an additional week in a curbside spot. (A street cleaning ticket in Manhattan on 96th street and south of it will cost you $65; in all other areas of the city, $45.)

Some dates are long-established national or state holidays that are easy to remember, like New Year’s Day or Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. Other dates for parking rule suspensions are celebrations or religious holy days observed by an ethnic or religious group. None of the suspensions are posted on street signs, so you’ll need to download an app, listen to a radio report or print out this New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) calendar to take advantage of them.

If you’ve ever wondered about the significance of these holidays that save drivers’ time and sanity, discover their meanings in the list of dates, below. Drivers, please welcome two holidays newly approved by the New York City Council for the 2019 Alternate Side Parking Rules Suspension Calendar: Lunar New Year’s Eve and Three Kings Day (Epiphany). Happy Holidays!

New York City Alternate Side Parking Rules 2019 Suspension Calendar

All dates below are for 2019 and include what the holidays mean and the origins of the holidays. Not all denominations of a religion celebrate the same holy days, or observe them in the same way. According to the Department of Transportation, the process through which new days have been added to the ASP holiday suspensions in recent years has been through the City Council passing legislation. Download a printable copy of the NYC Department of Transportation Alternate Side Parking (ASP) rules and calendar here. Learn more about official parking rules and fees on the NYC DOT site.

To see how faith, prayer and ritual plays other roles in our lives, watch Sacred, a beautiful and enthralling documentary from THIRTEEN that shows faith as a primary human experience, helping people navigate the milestones and crises of private life, in 25 countries around the world.

Asian New Year in Lower East Side’s Chinatown, January 29, 2012. Photo: Bob Jagendorf/Flickr.