Starting with New Year’s Day, there are more than three dozen legal and religious holidays in New York City in 2020 when parking meter or alternate side parking (ASP) rules are suspended, and you don’t have to move your car.
Note that No Stopping, No Standing, No Parking and parking meter regulations remain in effect on all but six of those holidays.
Alternate side parking rules and parking meter rules are suspended only on what are called major legal holidays.
Those six days are:
- New Year’s Day,
- Memorial Day,
- Independence Day,
- Labor Day,
- Thanksgiving and
- Christmas Day.
Alternate Side Parking rules also may be suspended because of weather-related emergencies such as snow, or other emergencies.
Alternate side regulations allow for street cleaning. Most alternate side parking signs are clearly marked with signs featuring a “P” crossed by a broom.
Some areas have three-hour restrictions (e.g. 8 am to 11 am) but times vary considerably, so be sure to check the signs carefully.
Some metered parking zones have alternate side parking rules.
When alternate side parking is suspended for a holiday or other reason, the parking meters remain in effect.
It’s important to know NYC parking rules, since a parking ticket could cost you $100 or more.
Your vehicle also could be towed, which is even more expensive.
Streets are closed for repairs, street fairs and other reasons year-round. So are lanes of NYC bridges, for repairs and other maintenance.
Check the official NYC Dept. of Transportation website for weekly updates of planned street closures
Alternate-side parking rules
Alternate-side parking refers to the clearing of parked cars on New York City streets, usually once or twice a week, to accommodate the Department of Sanitation street-sweeping.
It’s also a way of forcing owners to move their cars on a regular basis, and not turn parts of public streets into personal free garage space.
You risk a parking ticket if you don’t follow the rules and move your vehicle for the time prescribed on the street sign nearest to where you had been parking.
Additional parking rules
In addition to alternate-side parking rules, be aware of other parking signs and rules.
Violating any of these during the times listed on the signs also could mean you are ticketed, or ticketed and towed away.
- You cannot stop to drop off/pick up passengers, load/unload packages or luggage, or wait with your car.
- You can stop to drop off/pick up passengers, but cannot load/unload packages or luggage or wait with your car.
- You can stop to drop off/pick up passengers or load/unload packages or luggage, but you cannot wait with your car.