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 app’s 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. That’s 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 owner’s 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 Manhattan’s 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 you’re away.