Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Break from Alternate Side Parking? Parking App Shows No Need to Move Cars for Alternate Side of the Street Parking for up to 12 Day

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Spring break is happening right here in New York City and for city car owners that park on the street it rivals anything happening in Daytona Beach. As can be seen in the parkken street parking apps Alternate Side Parking Suspended Days calendar, starting April 8 an array of dates of Jewish and Christian holidays together form a virtual blockade of street sweeping suspensions that can give New Yorkers some much needed relief from the daily ritual of moving their cars from one side of the street to another.
                       
The suspended street sweeping days are:
·      Passover (1st/2nd Days) – April 11-12
·      Holy Thursday – April 13
·      Good Friday – April 14
·      Passover (7th/8th Days) – April 17-18.

These suspended or no-sweeping days combine with weekends and the typically no-sweeping Wednesdays and Saturdays to allow drivers in residential neighborhoods to leave their car in place for up to 12 days (see calendar below).  A savvy car owner need only park their car on the 8th in a spot that is legal for Mondays and Thursdays and it will be legally parked for almost two weeks. Thats almost two weeks you can fly away to Spring Break in Miami or stroll through Central park and leave your car right where it is. This works for drivers of all denominations.

The parkken app translates street parking in Manhattan, but for weary drivers who deserve more, it likewise includes garage locations and an Alternate Side Suspensions calendar that every New York car owners phone should have. The calendar displays in green those days Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended for religious or legal holidays which can be very handy especially in the Spring when major holidays and religious holidays tend to cluster together. 

Spring is the thaw many of us long for and nothing thaws a New York car owner like not having to move their car for Alternate Side Parking. This Spring the line-up of street sweeping suspended days makes having to move your car for the second and third week of April almost nonexistent and if you are in a residential neighborhood and park on the Mon/Thur side (the side of the street that is ordinarily not swept on Monday or Thursday) you can leave your car for 12 days! 


In Spring men and women’s fancies turn away from traffic and gas prices. The New York obsessive compulsion to move parked cars from one side of the street to the other is soothed. The promise of Spring can melt even the hearts of ticket agents. Simply park on the Mon/Thur side of the street by April 8 and you don’t have to step on that gas, burn that exhaust, or leave that parking space on the Mon side of the street for up to 12 days… unless you just feel like it!

Tom Hibbard (parallelspaces.com) who developed the parkken app says, "The app is to enable everyone to understand and use Manhattans bizarre street parking rules right from their phone, but you always need an Alternate Side Suspensions calendar handy, so it comes with. There are over 40 Alt Side suspended days every year.”

There will be a  similar cluster of Street Parking Suspensions in the Fall so be on the lookout, but before you leave your car just remember to check your parkken app to make sure no other parking rules come into effect while youre away.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How NOT to Double Park, Please!

Is it true that some New Yorkers still don't know how to double park?
It's simple: If any of the vehicles legally parked at the curb cannot get out because of your vehicle, you deserve that ticket.

You, who doesn't care, won't share or is ignorantly unaware, this simple graphic is for you:


Don't box someone in!
Duh!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Parking Scofflaws We Hate (a never ending series)



Why can't we just all learn to share?

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Great Parking Sign Redesign

Most of us who park in this city have had a chance to see the parking signs redesign that started last year. Slowly the familiar signs are being replaced by something a little newer, a little cleaner, its look a little more modern.

The Old and the New

True the old signs are wearing, and something more closely resembling New York Fun World, the ultimate tourist destination is worth the enormous price of orders generated, raw materials expended, signs manufactured, work crews dispersed, not to mention the inevitable repairs and fixes, etc, right? But I personally am not loving this new design enough to justify the huge expense and if New York really dreams of being a tourist mecca where pedestrians are safe, traffic is systematically choked off our streets and people of all nationalities will actually understand our traffic rules, then why not use a parking signage that is immediately understood across all languages. Something international and intuitive. Like for a simple Alternate Side parking Sign:


Read it as a sweep of the hour hand.
Ok, I admit this is my design, my solution for simplifying parking rules in a city where understanding where to park is worse than a word problem. And it works very well for our parallelspaces.com parking map app, but by itself is probably not enough. So how about this:

Offered at a low low price

It is immediately understandable, universal in its appeal and also speaks in plain English in case you didn’t get it the first time.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Snow Record! Car Not Moved on Manhattan Street for 44 days and Survived!

Who doesn’t admire a record, a winning streak, a hero? This Winter, in perhaps one of mankind's greatest achievements, two fellow New Yorkers have left his and her car on the south side of the street in the Upper West Side for over 6 weeks and never received a ticket! Thanks to the repeated snow days, frigid days, and one singular, extraordinary, eureka moment of sheer will (or luck), this happy couple, who only use their car for weekend excursions, have been living the dream. Mother Nature and the benevolence of the DOT (uh yeah!) have dealt this carefree couple an Alternate Side Parking leave of absence.
This daring feat got its real momentum with the big Nor'easter on 2/6. Nobody was moving their cars in those days and Sanitation crews were plowing day and night. Alternate Side suspensions ran for days and as much as a week at a time. Then as things started to clear and there was a day or two when Alt Side was in effect, Christine (as the car is now known in Hollywood circles), happened to be on the correct side for that day’s sweeping which, of course, never happened because February’s record cold temperatures froze the snow solid. Then came more storms and more frigid days making the accumulations rock hard and the suspensions inevitable.
Then one amazing day in mid-February, the DOT looked up into the blue sky and, in their infinite wisdom, decided Alt Side rules should be in effect. No matter, those snowplowed snow dunes were frozen fast to the street and too solid to plow. Our heros' doorman confirms that a plow didn’t even show up to try. A sweeper didn’t show to try to slalom up and down them either.  It had been decided it was time to get those cars (tickets?) moving again and people started dutifully digging, hacking and dynamiting their cars out. Our two heros’ car was so covered in snow and so encased in ice,



they decided they wouldn’t be able to get it out and left it. "Let the DOT have their pound of flesh!" or other similar curses were uttered.
Later that morning, the parking troopers relentlessly marched down the street, waved their magic revenue wands over windshields and printed their tickets as if it was a lovely spring day. Miracle of miracles though, our two heros did not get a ticket.
How were the ticketed and unticketed cars chosen? Who knows? Is it fair? Who can say? Is our new mayor afraid of heart attacks? Probably. Does the DOT even have a heart? Just maybe, But thanks to that one fateful day in mid February the all time record string of over 6 weeks without having to move your car on a Manhattan street continued and only just ended today.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Alt Side Is Suspended Tomorrow Mon. (3/2) and I Don’t Have to Move My Car until Next Weekend.

Don’t know about you but I love the snow and cold of this Winter. Because the city is so pretty in the fresh snow? Uh, kind of, but mostly because thanks to all the Alternate Side Parking suspensions I only have had to move my car a couple of times for over a month and probably could have gone longer if I hadn’t needed to use it. Now, my car is on the north side of the street (good for Tuesdays and Fridays on the UWS) and Alt Side Parking is suspended Mon (Snow Day) and Thur (Purim) so I do not have to move it or even think about moving it until the weekend. It goes like this.
Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Suspended Correct Side Not In Effect Suspended Correct Side
Meanwhile, with more snow on the way, none of us may have to move the car this week, but if you are on the Tue/Fri side you can stop thinking about it right now (at least for this week).