3.) Reducing of Lots
The squeeze on parking in Manhattan started up in 1982, when conflicts about air pollution from the ongoing traffic lead itself to a tightening of the regulations on the developing of parking garages, city planning officials claim. New commercial garages, which until then could be built whenever the owner wanted to, were all banned except unless the owner had a special permit to build. The rising number of new residential garage spaces was then lowered. Builders, who had been sworn to provide 40 spaces for every 100 apartments, no longer were told it was necessary to provide any, and if they did want to provide parking lots, they could create only 25 or 35 spots per 100 apartments, depending on the neighborhood. Just like the 8 percent fee that is assessed on Manhattan parking in 1980 — nowadays, the total tax is 18.25 percent — the new laws were meant to lower traffic into the borough. However, they didn’t. Yet they lowered the building of new parking spaces, and they lost some of their open-air lots to new buildings, and lowered the amount of commercial and residential parking spots in the borough by about 10 percent overall and by about 17 percent from midtown to lower Manhattan, according to the chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, Joseph B. Rose.
2.) Alternate Sides
If you really just want to skip out on the whole garage idea, just remember that what you save in cash you’ll pay for in time and rationalistic struggles, all thanks to the city’s infamously impossible to figure out alternate-side parking system. This means more or less that you will be getting up mad early in the morning to move your car on the days that the street sweeper rolls through, or even circling for a spot the night before, digging that spot out when there’s been a snow storm, and interestingly, a very high possibility of an infestation of super pricey parking tickets. Be forewarned: some areas, especially in Manhattan, have more street-cleaning days than the other boroughs do. You can subscribe for updates from the NYC Department of Transportation so you know when any rules have been suspended. For example one particular Quora user wrote that his buddies usually tend to budget $1,000 every year for the potential costs of towing and ticketing.
If you luckily happen to get past those additional costs, look forward to paying for overnight parking on days when a spot in the street seems too unattainable to find. Parking in the winter will be a pain in the ass too, because you’ll have to put in extra time to dig out your car. The good news is that alternate-side parking is suspended, sometimes for an entire week and maybe even longer when the city is buried by a blizzard, but that also means that there is just way more snow to clear out, mostly when the trucks roll in to shovel snow out of the roads and off to the side, where your car happens to be parked.
Watch the short clip about how parking sucks!