Holidays That Suspend Alternate Side Parking in NYC

Christina Knight | December 21, 2022
street parking sign

The sign in this photo shows parking is not allowed for 1.5 hours on Wednesdays. When alternate side parking (ASP) 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 you can maneuvering into a tight spot.
  • Know the holidays that suspend Alternate Side Parking rules.

If you don’t move your car for street cleaning hours, a parking ticket in Manhattan on 96th street and south of it will cost you $65; in all other areas of the city, you will be fined $60. Parking meters are not in effect on Sundays.

A holiday suspension of parking rules can buy you a couple of more days or an additional week in a curbside spot.

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.

To keep track of alternate side parking status you can call 311; download an app like NYC311; listen to a radio report; follow @NYCASP on Twitter or print out this New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) calendar.

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 2023 Suspension Calendar

All dates below are for 2023 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 City Council legislation. Download a printable copy of the 2023 NYC Department of Transportation Alternate Side Parking (ASP) rules and calendar. Learn more about official parking rules and fees on the NYC DOT site.

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