Holidays That Suspend Alternate Side Parking in NYC

Christina Knight | July 5, 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.

Updated July 5, 2022

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.

Parking may be harder than ever. The coronavirus pandemic and crime rates have led more people to avoid public transportation and drive cars in the city instead. At the same time, parking spots (roughly 10,000, according to the New York Times) have been converted to outdoor dining areas. Then, in April 2022, New York City announced that amended Alternate Side Parking reform rules would end its two-year run on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The reform rules had allowed extra time to park on streets that listed two cleaning days (one could remain parked on the first of the two days listed). 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.

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, 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 2022 Suspension Calendar

All dates below are for 2022 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 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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