New York City
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Car Parking 

Street Parking
Parking meters demand constant feeding, and are hungry late into the night in some areas. Parking is permitted at broken or missing meters for the time posted on the signs. It is a good idea to keep plenty of quarters in your car since not all meters accept credit cards. There are the pay-and-display meters in some parts of Midtown Manhattan, which only take effect from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and all day on weekends. In these areas, parking is prohibited during the workday, except for commercial trucks.

Charlton Street in Greenwich Village, New York City

Charlton Street in Greenwich Village by Beyond My Ken

Parking is illegal at all bus stops and within 15 feet (4.5 meters) of fire hydrants. Yellow lines on the curb have no legal meaning in New York City, so they cannot be relied upon to tell you if you are parked far enough from a hydrant. Trying to leave an illegally parked vehicle for a long time will often lead with a $150 fine. Furthermore, illegally parked vehicles towed away by the New York Police Department face a $300 fine.
Suydam Avenue in Brooklyn, New York City
Suydam Street in Brooklyn by Noremacmada

Garage Parking
Though street parking can be free or much cheaper than garage parking, it is often hard to find one. Furthermore, "bumping" cars in front and behind your car to get in and out of a parking spot is common. Hotels in New York City generally do not have garage parking and the few that do will charge exorbitantly. You can find licensed parking garages and outdoor lots across New York City’s five boroughs but many are in Manhattan. Charges at the private facilities are expensive and in Manhattan can cost as much as $3 per hour.

Visit the Department of City Planning website, which has a map identifying the locations of licensed parking garages and outdoor lots in the city. You can also visit the BestParking website, which offers a free service to search and compare rates at facilities in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. The Icon Parking website has a list of 185 parking facilities in Manhattan including their locations and rates. Another is Edison ParkFast, which manages 40 facilities and its website provides information on the locations and basic rates.

Parking garage in Chelsea, New York City

Parking garage in Chelsea by Beyond My Ken


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