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Press Release #13-17
March 11, 2013
Solomonow/Scott Gastel (DOT): (212) 839-4850
Vito Turso (Sanitation): (646) 885-5020
Manhattan Community Board 12: (212) 568-8500

Reduced Parking Restrictions Coming to Inwood, Washington Heights

Effective Monday, March 18 Street Cleaning/Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations will be temporarily suspended in parts of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of Manhattan Community District 12 for approximately until further notice as the Department of Transportation (DOT) begins the first of two phases to install new, reduced parking regulations. Approximately 1,700 signs in the area will be installed during this phase, reducing frequency and duration of residential street cleaning parking restrictions, easing parking for local residents. The new rules were established by the Department of Sanitation at the request of Community Board 12, which became the second community to receive reduced parking regulations since legislation passed the City Council in 2011 allowing for a reduction if streets within the Community District met City standards for cleanliness. To be eligible for such a reduction, the boards must receive an average street cleanliness scorecard rating of at least 90 for two consecutive fiscal years. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced in September 2009 that the City would continue to reduce parking restrictions in additional locations if street cleanliness ratings remained at high levels, following the implementation of pilot programs in Brooklyn’s Community Districts 2, 6 and 7, and immediately prior to a reduction pilot commencing in Community District 8 in the Bronx.

Starting March 18 and continuing until further notice, street cleaning regulations (all parking signs marked with a broom symbol) will be suspended within the following borders and DOT will give advance notification before enforcement resumes:

  • North: 181st Street (included) from Riverside Drive to Amsterdam Avenue.
  • East: Amsterdam Avenue (included) from 181st Street to Edgecombe Avenue.
  • Edgecombe Avenue (included) from Amsterdam Avenue to 155th Street.
  • South: 155th Street (included) from the Harlem River Drive to Riverside Drive.
  • West: Riverside Drive (included) from 155th Street to 181st Street.
  • Note: Also included in the suspension is the Harlem River Drive from 155th Street to the Harlem River Drive Entrance Ramp.

This map indicates where street cleaning regulations will be suspended starting March 18:

Map of suspended street cleaning regulations starting March 18

The second phase of regulations will take effect once sign changes are complete in the entire area. The changes do not affect 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. parking rules or meter regulations, or any other parking rules that are not street cleaning regulations. The public is encouraged to check the DOT’s web site at and to call 311 regularly.

Prior to the new law, regulations were similarly converted in previous years in Brooklyn’s Community District 2, 6 and 7, as well as Community District 8 in the Bronx.

For more information, please contact 311 or visit the Department of Sanitation or Community Board 12.