Monday, September 21, 2020

Alternate Side Parking During Covid and the parkken app

On September 18, 2020, Mayor DiBlasio announced Covid-related, once-a-week street cleaning rules will remain in effect until further notice:

  • Residential (side streets) without meters will be cleaned no more than once per week, per side.
  •  Residential streets that have multiple Alternate Side Parking “ASP” days on each side will be cleaned – with vehicles required to be moved – only on the latest day in the week on each side, as indicated on each street’s currently posted signage.
    • The posted street sign rules continue to be interpreted in the parkken app. For the relaxed restrictions, please doublecheck signs when you park.
  • Daily sweeping regulations in metered areas will not change, and the DSNY will continue cleaning streets with posted No Standing, No Stopping and No Parking regulations as needed.
  • These reforms to Alternate Side Parking (ASP) will be in place until further notice.

When do I have to move my car?

For any residential street with Alternate Side Parking regulations, the regulations will be in effect only on the latest day posted on the sign on each side of the street.   Alternate side parking regulations are indicated by a “Sanitation Broom Symbol” on the street sign.

For example, as seen in Fig (1) above, if one side of the street has ASP regulations on Monday from 11:00am – 12:30pm, that side of the street will continue to be swept on Monday (the latest day posted) from 11:00am – 12:30pm. 

As seen in Fig (2) above, if another side of the street has ASP regulations on Thursday from 11:00am – 12:30pm, that side of the street will continue to be swept on Thursday (the latest day posted) at those times.

If, as seen in Fig (3) above, one side of the street has ASP regulations on Monday and Thursday from 11:00am – 12:30pm, that side of the street will be swept on Thursday only (the latest day posted) and you only have to move your car on Thursday.

In another example, if the ASP sign says one side of the street is cleaned on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00am – 12:30pm, you only have to move your car from that side of the street on Friday.

Does this apply to metered areas?

No. Daily sweeping in metered areas, including 30-minute parking restrictions Monday through Saturday in metered areas, will not change. Parking meters remain in effect.

Does this affect other parking regulations?

This change only affects street sweeping regulations, indicated by the Sanitation Broom Symbol. This change does not affect No Stopping or No Standing restrictions, or No Parking areas that do not have the Sanitation Broom Symbol. These changes do not includes areas with posted restrictions other than ASP rules.

Since the Alternate Side Parking Regulation signs have not been altered to reflect these announced changes, we expect the ASP rules will return to the posted signage rules once the effects of the pandemic have worn off.


For further explanation or updates to these reforms, please go to NYCDOT.

Please also look and listen to your local news for announcements from the Dept of Transportation for any updates of these Covid reforms.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Great Parking Sign Redesign
[click for demo of
new Parking Signs]

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 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.

You made it this far. Why not check out a short demo of new Parking Signs?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

More Traffic Cams (the merrier)

For those of us who love a sure thing, has consolidated the NY DOT Traffic Cams with those of other citizens or businesses to give a better picture of how traffic is running around the city. It also predicts current weather with incredible accuracy:

Another interface of the same grouping is through

More is better!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Parking Hieroglyphics Prove Alien Civilization! (golden oldies)

We who park on NYC streets know how to problem solve. To survive we have evolved a keen eyesight and a Water Dowser’s intuition. We can read multiple parking signs at a glance, often correctly. We can measure the distance from a hydrant with RoboCop type accuracy. We have even developed a Parking Map! Which is why this latest discovery, while sure to put me in the history books, was really just all in a day’s parking.
I was parking my car on Columbus Avenue, routinely switching on my infra-red parking locator (You don't have one of those?), when suddenly I saw something that defied human explanation. A whole lot of parking spaces! Immediately I looked around for the net, the snare, the trap that had been so obviously set, but there was nothing there but... but I don't know how to describe it. That's when I realized I had uncovered the most mind boggling, never-before-seen, alien hieroglyphics ever discovered. (sample above)
So complex that they can only be from another solar system, a so superior race. At first, the celestial symbols were incomprehensible, but then I saw them for what they are. Erich Von Daniken was right! The Gods can park their Chariots in the Heavens (or maybe they just rent), but these Aliens have descended and challenged us with encrypted messages for the greatest minds of our civilization to unravel, or be fined and towed. I mean these babies make crop circles look like nursery school doodles.
Applying all my parking skill and finding this DOT page on the internet have helped me to understand and to slowly readjust to our new human/alien society, but if you, like all of the other people on Columbus who didn’t realize they could park in the “Floating Parking Lanes” (parking spaces galore!), are haunted by these secret messages, or feel adrift and without moorings so far from the curb, here is a brief, and hopefully accurate, illustration.

Keep a sharp eye. More coded parking spaces to come.

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

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 ( 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.