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NYC Alternate Side Parking, Explained

Caitlin Horsfield Caitlin Horsfield

NYC Alternate Side Parking, Explained
Confused by all those pesky parking rules and signs? You’ve come to the right place.

A hallmark of city life for car owners, alternate side parking rules can be confusing and at times, unnecessarily elaborate. Until you have them memorized, you might find yourself regretting even owning a car in a city like New York. But don’t fret, once you’ve got it down, it’s like reading the back of your hand.

So what is alternate side parking all about anyway? Well, in order to keep those streets sparkly clean (although it may only last a few hours) it requires some street sweeping every once in a while- either one or two times per week, depending on your neighborhood. In order for those massive machines to make their way through the street, the Department of Sanitation and Department of Transportation work together to pass those giant street-sweepers all over New York City’s beautiful asphalt.

Then of course there are all those signs. Be sure to really pay attention to them because some read ANYTIME, while others just indicate a specific time and day. You’ve got your no stopping (no stopping, no waiting no nothing), no standing (you can stop to let passengers off but not for an extended period to unload packages or luggage), and no parking (you can stop, you can unload, but you can’t leave your vehicle there). These mean different things- obey them or face a mean ticket or even your car being towed.

According to the Department of Transportation, “on major legal holidays, stopping, standing and parking are permitted except in areas where stopping, standing and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (e.g., “No Standing Anytime”). Parking meter regulations are also suspended on major legal holidays. The major legal holidays are New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. On all other holidays, only street cleaning rules are suspended, and other regulations remain in effect.”

Take a look at the 2019 alternate side suspension calendar below:

DateHoliday
Tuesday, January 1New Year’s Day*
Sunday, January 6Three Kings Day
Monday, January 21Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Monday, February 4Asian Lunar New Year’s Eve
Tuesday, February 5Asian Lunar New Year
Tuesday, February 12Lincoln’s Birthday
Monday, February 18Washington’s Birthday (Pres. Day)
Wednesday, March 6Ash Wednesday
Thursday, March 21Purim
Thursday, April 18Holy Thursday
Friday, April 19Good Friday
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21Passover (1st/2nd Days)
Thursday, April 25Holy Thursday (Orthodox)
Friday, April 26Good Friday (Orthodox)
Friday-Saturday, April 26-27Passover (7th/8th Days)
Monday, May 27Memorial Day*
Thursday, May 30Solemnity of Ascension
Tuesday-Thursday, June 4-6Idul-Fitr(Eid al-Fitr)
Sunday-Monday, June 9-10Shavuot (2 Days)
Thursday, July 4Independence Day*
Sunday-Tuesday, August 11-13Idul-Adha(Eid al-Adha)
Thursday, August 15Feast of the Assumption
Monday, September 2Labor Day*
Monday-Tuesday, September 30-October 1Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, October 9Yom Kippur
Monday, October 14Columbus Day
Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15Succoth (2 Days)
Monday, October 21Shemini Atzereth
Tuesday, October 22Simchas Torah
Sunday, October 27Diwali
Friday, November 1All Saints Day
Tuesday, November 5Election Day
Monday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 28Thanksgiving Day*
Sunday, December 8Immaculate Conception
Wednesday, December 25Christmas Day*

Looking for more information? Take a look at all the alternate side parking rules for 2019 here.