Holidays That Suspend Alternate Side Parking in NYC

Christina Knight | July 10, 2020
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 27, 2020: Alternate Side Parking (ASP) rules are suspended through Sunday, August 2, and thereafter will resume its normal schedule through September 5:

August 3 – August 14: ASP in effect
August 15: ASP suspended for Feast of the Assumption
August 17 – September 5: ASP in effect

When ASP is in effect on residential side streets, vehicles must move only on the latest day of the week listed on a sign, through Labor Day. For example, if a street cleaning sign says the side of the street is cleaned on Mondays and Thursdays, you only have to move your car from that side of the street on Thursday. The City will be deciding whether to keep or change these new Alternate Side Parking reform rules after Labor 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.

To learn more about the significance of these holidays that save drivers’ time and sanity, discover their meanings in the list of dates, below. Note that the Easter, Jewish, and Muslim holidays land earlier on the calendar compared to last year, and Diwali is later. Happy Holidays!

New York City Alternate Side Parking Rules 2020 Suspension Calendar

All dates below are for 2020 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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