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.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to more people driving cars in the city to avoid public transportation, and parking spots (roughly 10,000, according to the New York Times) being converted to outdoor dining areas. On the one hand, parking is harder to find, and yet, we’re lucky that amended Alternate Side Parking reform rules continue to be in effect until further notice: vehicles must move only on the latest day of the week listed on a street parking sign. For example, if a street cleaning sign says the side of the street is cleaned on Mondays and Thursdays, you must move your car from that side of the street on Thursday.
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. New in 2021: Juneteenth on June 19 is a state holiday for the first time, and alternate side parking is suspended for it (this year, it falls on a Saturday). 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.
To learn more about the significance of these holidays that save drivers’ time and sanity, discover their meanings in the list of dates, below. Happy Holidays!
New York City Alternate Side Parking Rules 2021 Suspension Calendar
All dates below are for 2021 and include holidays’ meanings and origins. 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.
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