Driving & Parking, New York City
Parking on the street here in manhattan can be confusing and difficult, with alternate side of the street rules in effect for different days of the week plus the parking meters don’t allow all-day privileges (some only allow up to 6 hours max); you’ll need to put quarters in on an hourly basis. There are parking garages and open-air lots throughout the city: keep an eye out for signs (some garages have employees stand in the street to motion drivers into their garages or lots). Many garages cut their rates on the weekend. Depending on where you park (Midtown being most expensive), garage rates may range from $6 to $15 for the first hour to $40 per day, with special rates of about $20 on Sundays.
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Unlike in many parts of the United States, here in manhattan it is illegal to make right turns on a red light and also the speed limit on streets (not highways or freeways) in the five boroughs is 30 miles per hour. Parking on the street can be confusing, with alternate side of the street rules in affect for different days of the week. New York City is the host of many parades, street fairs and special events that result in street closures. You can visit the New York City Department of Transporation website for more information at nyc.gov/dot and click on What's New under Quick Links for advance information on traffic conditions.
While walking along West 23rd Street in Chelsea one morning we came across this small group of people who appeared to be picnicking in the road – and that, it turned out, was exactly what they were doing! We discovered that this was a “Park for a Day” event marking National Park(ing) Day (which in 2008 was on Friday 19th September). National Park(ing) Day is an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces. New York City makes its own contribution through Park(ing) Day NYC which is organized by the New York City Streets Renaissance, a city-wide campaign for liveable, people-friendly streets. Various local organisations get involved, and this particular group had taken over a single parking space on busy Sixth Avenue and turned it into a mini urban park, complete with deck chair and green plants. It made a great talking point for passers-by and certainly helped raise awareness of the Park(ing) Day campaign.
So there I was, staying at my friend's place in Brooklyn, when this siren just started going off. I panicked and woke him up from his nap to ask what the hell was going on. He laughed and mentioned that in the Jewish religion, their holy day starts Friday evening, and that siren was to let those who follow that particular faith know it was time to go in. Maybe not necessarily go inside, but that they couldn't spend any money, drive a car, etc. I'm not exactly sure if that was everything as he was sorta sleep talking but if anyone in the Midwood area of Brooklyn knows what it is I'm referring to, I would gladly love to know.
Like many big cities, a common practice in New York is for drivers to use their car horns ... not just a little, but A LOT!!!
When I discovered this posted street sign forbidding honking I just started laughing! It's one thing for bureaucrats to make a rule, it's another to enforce it!!
This MEMORIAL is the largest mausoleum in America, rising to an imposing 150 feet from a bluff overlooking the Hudson River.
Building it was en enormous job: hundreds of men worked on the structure between 1891 - 1897, using 8,000 tons of granite.
It is a way to express the profound admirations americans felt for the CIVIL WAR general.
GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL MEMORIAL is located near the intersection of RIVERSIDE DRIVE and West 122 street.
You can reach it by Fifth Ave bus, IRT subway to 116th of 125th and BROADWAY or 125th street crosstown bus.
Riverside Drive is also accessible from the Henry Hudson Parkway at several points.
Parking is permitted near the Memorial.
Visiting hours are from 9AM to 5PM, Wednesdays through Sundays.
For info or to arrange a group visit call: see below.
A Superintendent whose ADDRESS is 26 Wall straat New York 10005 is in immediate charge of the site.
I saw these tips on what you can/can not do for parking in NYC (source: Fox 5 News NYC)
1. NYC does not paint curbs with yellow lines. Typically restaurants & residential complexes paint these lines to prevent people from parking. You should be able to park by yellow curbs and should not receive a ticket IF there are no "NO PARKING" signs for the area you are parking.
2. Only one side of a sign needs to say "No Parking" - even if you can not read it from the street side (rather than from the sidewalk). Signs are usually valid for the WHOLE block.
So if there is a 2-sided "No Parking" sign and the side facing the street is washed out or someone put a sticker on it, you could get a ticket if you park there.
3. Owners of residences can apply to the town's Office of Supervisor to get a "No Parking" sign approval to put in front of their property.
4. Restaurants CAN NOT put red cones in front of their entrances to prevent the public from parking.
5. You can park at a broken parking meter only for 1 hour; after that you are eligible to get a ticket. Problem is how do you prove you have only parked there an hour!
For people travelling to NYC for the 1st time, it seems like people are talking another language. Here are unique sayings or phrases usually seen or heard from New Yorkers - NY-isms:
Fug-ge-da-bo-dit = forget about it; usually in reply to someone who has no hope of getting what the person wanted.
Yo = could mean "hey", "watch it", "glad to meet you"
Grab a slice = get and eat a slice of pizza
Shmear = usually refers to a smeared dollop of cream cheese on a bagel
Over there = several meanings:
1) a general direction indicated by locals since they a) don't exactly know where the location is, or b) they don't have time for you.
2) Oh, your from over there (indicating New Jersey) :-(
Don't Block the Box = when driving through an intersection make sure there's room to completely cross it. Police can fine you for blocking the intersection.
Gridlock = traffic that's not moving usually as a result of people blocking the box.
Alternate Side Parking = rules telling people which side of the street to park for that day/hours.
No Radio = a sign sometimes put by people to indicate to would be thieves that there is no radio in the car.
Can't Afford Not To Buy = you just have to buy it since it's too good of a deal
The island = Long Island
Uptown = anything above 14th street in Manhattan
Upstate = any part of New York that's not Manhattan
Bridge & Tunnel People = refers to people coming into New York City usually people from New Jersey
Bloomie's = no this does not refer to one's underwear; it refers to the Bloomingdale's department store
Lotto fever = an addictive trance-like disease where many people feel compelled to stand in a very long line, sometimes hours, in hopes of getting the winning ticket to a lottery (worth millions - 2 or more digits)
2-fer = 2 tickets for the price of 1
One of the most shocking things I discovered during my most recent trip to New York was the following new law that was put in place. A sign on the corner of W. 55th and Broadway blared out:
'NO HONKING ZONE. FINE $350'
Has the city gone mad????
Don't be too polite - you might get stepped on. This applies to walking inside, outside, in the subway, and even when driving. Don't get insulted if you get shoved, this is just how things are. This is why it's important to watch your pockets and purses...