Motorists & Parking
Alternate Side Parking
Many streets in New York have alternate side regulations, which allow for street cleaning. Most alternate side parking signs are clearly marked with signs featuring a "P" crossed by a broom. Some areas have three-hour restrictions (e.g. 8 am to 11 am) but times vary considerably.
Some metered parking zones have alternate side parking rules. When alternate side parking is suspended for a holiday or other reason, the parking meters remain in effect.
Alternate side parking suspensions
- Subscribe to email updates on suspensions.
- Follow the Alternate Side Parking Twitter stream
- Call 311 for the current alternate side parking status
Alternate side regulations may be changed because of inclement weather or emergencies. DOT and the Department of Sanitation carefully consult weather reports before and during snowfalls in order to determine whether suspension is necessary. As weather patterns can change quickly, this decision must sometimes be made late in the day. After a snowfall, alternate side parking regulations will be restored so that plows can begin removing snow and ice from curbside lanes. Plowing helps to clear parking lanes and catch basins, which reduces the chance of melting snow flooding streets, and also helps return street cleaning operations back to normal.
2013 Holiday Alternate Side Parking Suspensions
This calendar lists the legal and religious holidays with scheduled alternate side parking suspensions. The City also suspends alternate side rules due to weather and emergencies.
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.
- Download a printable 2013 ASP calendar (pdf)
- Download the calendar in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian or Spanish (pdfs)
- Download a calendar file (ics) for calendaring software (e.g. Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar).
Read instructions for importing the calendar file into Outlook, Google Calendar or Apple Calendar.
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* 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 (for example, “No Standing Anytime”). Parking meters are not in effect on major legal holidays.
Alternate side parking regulations may be suspended temporarily in parts of the City in order to post new regulations. When the Department of Sanitation must change street cleaning rules, regulations are suspended temporarily to allow DOT to update signs in the affected area. These suspensions do not affect parking rules other than alternate side parking rules.
When the new signage has been posted, the Department of Sanitation provides a weeklong grace period during which its crews will clean streets according to the newly posted schedule, but will not issue summonses. At the conclusion of the grace period, enforcement of the new rules begins.
Park Slope Alternate Side Parking Suspension Study
During the summer of 2008, DOT suspended ASP in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The study found that the suspension caused minimal impact on traffic and parking conditions in that neighborhood.