Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Handy Interactive Tool For Parking in New York

It could save you money and time.

Parking in cities can potentially be almost impossible to do in major cities — especially during business hours and at times when social activities are at their peak — but parking in Manhattan can take that hopeless chance of finding a parking spot for your motor vehicle to another level…

Handy Interactive Tool For Parking in New York

…but some help is available: while searching for the rules and regulations for parking in the city of New York, I stumbled upon this handy interactive tool which shows a map that displays exactly where the signs for parking regulations are located — as well as the information which is printed on those signs.

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Click on the map for an enlarged view. Source: Department of Transportation of the city of New York.

As one of many examples, if you want to park on Wall Street in lower Manhattan west of William Street, a No Standing sign is located there. Hover the cursor over that sign and more detailed information is given: no standing anytime 276 feet from Broad Street on the south side of Wall Street.

In case you were wondering what is the difference between signs in New York which state No Parking, No Standing, and No Stopping, the definitions are as follows:

  • NO PARKING — Vehicles may NOT park at this location — but you may stop to load or unload packages or merchandise at curbside; and you may stop to expeditiously drop off or pick up passengers.
  • NO STANDING — Vehicles may NOT stand at this location, which means that you may not wait or stop to load or unload packages or merchandise at curbside — but you may stop to expeditiously drop off or pick up passengers.
  • NO STOPPING — Vehicles may NOT stop at this location; you may not wait or stop to load or unload packages or merchandise at curbside, or drop off or pick up passengers at this location.

Final Boarding Call

The official interactive parking tool for the city of New York has too much functionality to detail in this article; so give yourself some time to use it and familiarize yourself with it…

…but keep in mind the following caveat and disclaimer: “The information contained in SIMS and the information shown here was compiled by the: New York City Department of Transportation for governmental purposes. The information is updated as soon as reasonably practicable. This application also makes use of a pre-release version of the New York City Department of City Planning’s geosupport system. The Departments Of Transportation and City Planning and the city make no representation as to the accuracy of the information or its suitability for any purpose and disclaim any liability for omissions or errors that may be contained therein. The public is advised that parking regulations are subject to temporary or permanent change and that posted signage must be observed for compliance with laws and regulations.”

In other words, be absolutely sure that where you park in the city of New York complies with the official laws, rules, and regulations before leaving your motor vehicle parked on the street…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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