Find a parking place in NYC using these 6 apps?
NYC street parking is like an Olympic sport, and it’s getting harder for several reasons: During the pandemic, many New Yorkers bought cars, many worked from home, and thousands of parking spots were lost to outdoor dining.
Even if you find a spot, street cleaning requires you to move your car.
In NYC, parking garages are expensive. Neighbor and SpotHero apps and websites help you find discounted parking spots in garages and other locations, including your neighbors’ driveways.
Another option: Search for apartments with parking. Keep in mind that parking may cost extra and some buildings have waitlists.
Naija Realestate recommends apps and websites for NYC parking to make driving easier.
Neighbor helps you find parking spaces rented by your neighbors! If a nearby house or apartment building’s owners don’t use their driveway or garage, you can rent it. Its renter guarantee covers up to $25,000 in car damage while parked.
The site also tells you how big the space is, if it’s covered (no bird poop on your ride), how often you can access it, and if there’s security. Options include long-term and short-term.
Locations: Parking is available throughout New York City, but single- and multi-family buildings seem to have more spots.
Neighbor claims to be up to 50% cheaper than other parking options. Brick found $100-a-month spots. Some offer 50% off your first month. Check service fees.
SpotHero offers hourly and monthly parking reservations. It offers discounts with garages. You can filter by location, dates, valet, garages, on-site staff, and wheelchair accessibility. It offers airport and stadium parking passes.
Locations: Manhattan has the most parking spots.
Pricing: Prices vary by reservation and include a service fee and an oversize fee for larger vehicles. Brick found $199 monthly Queens parking and $400 Manhattan parking.
The skinny: Dropcar offers the best rates through a monthly membership with popular NYC garages. You get unlimited valet parking and a dedicated space. It protects you from garage rate hikes.
Locations: DropCar has garages in all boroughs except Staten Island, mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Pricing: Brick found monthly parking in Midtown for $419 and Long Island City for $289. Teslas, “exotic cars,” and oversized vehicles cost $84 more.
Inrix powers ParkMe by aggregating parking information and pricing from multiple sources. It finds the cheapest and closest daily and monthly parking spot near your destination.
It also shows how full a garage is, security, lighting, and bike parking. Credit card payments on the app can reserve parking spots at certain garages.
Locations: Over 240,000 locations in 16,000 cities, including all New York City boroughs.
Manhattan hourly rates start at $5, depending on reservation length.
Pango locates and charges street and garage parking. It alerts you to extend your parking to avoid a ticket. Their app lets you pay parking tickets. It also finds parking at shopping centers, hospitals, and stadiums.
It’s available in over 100 cities, including NYC.
Parking costs vary and the app is free. Convenience fees may apply. Pango Save costs $3 per month for parking time reminders.
6) Park NYC
In 2016, the Department of Transportation launched Park NYC. It simplifies metered parking but not parking. The free app lets you pay for and extend your parking time.
Locations: All NYC metered parking spots have the app.
Pricing: The app is free and parking costs the same as at the meter. ParkNYC Wallet auto-fill and preloading make payments easier.