Alternate side parking (or ASP) is the NYC parking rule that forces the clearing of parked cars to accommodate the street cleaning schedule.
It happens once or twice a week in many areas of Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. If you park during alternate side parking hours, you are likely to get a street cleaning ticket so read this guide carefully 🙂
Most areas have either 1½ hour or 3-hour restrictions but the hours of enforcement vary a lot – you will find them posted on the parking signs. To check the hours for any parking spot in Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn you can simply use our map below and tap on a parking spot.
UPDATE: Beginning Monday, June 29, 2020,
– Residential streets that have multiple ASP days will be cleaned only once per week – the latest day in the week. If a parking sign indicates street cleaning on Monday and Thursday, street cleaning will only happen on Thursday.
– Commercial streets that are cleaned every day will keep the same schedule
See the map below to see how long you can park before the next street cleaning:
No, you can’t legally park until the end time of any parking rule. Street sweepers will occasionally go around the block twice. It is common in the fall when leaves are likely to clog the brushes. You would still be at risk of getting a street cleaning NYC ticket.
The City of New York suspends alternate side parking rules during legal and religious holidays (see link below), during emergencies such as severe weather and occasionally makes temporary suspensions to change signage.
|New Year’s day||Jan 01, 2021|
|Three King’s Day||Jan 06, 2021|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||Jan 18, 2021|
|snow operations||Jan 26, 2021|
|Lunar New Year’s Eve||Feb 11, 2021|
|Lincoln’s Birthday||Feb 12, 2021|
|Lunar New Year||Feb 12, 2021|
|President’s Day||Feb 15, 2021|
|Ash Wednesday||Feb 17, 2021|
|Purim||Feb 26, 2021|
|Passover (1st/2nd Days)||Mar 28 to Mar 29, 2021|
|Holy Thursday||Apr 01, 2021|
|Good Friday||Apr 02, 2021|
|Passover (7th/8th Days)||Apr 03 to Apr 04, 2021|
|Holy Thursday (Orthodox)||Apr 29, 2021|
|Good Friday (Orthodox)||Apr 30, 2021|
|Eid al-Fitr (Idul-Fitr)||May 13 to May 15, 2021|
|Solemnity of Ascension||May 13, 2021|
|Shavuot||May 17 to May 18, 2021|
|Memorial Day||May 31, 2021|
|Independence Day||Jul 04 to Jul 05, 2021|
|Eid al-Adha (Idul-Adha)||Jul 19 to Jul 21, 2021|
|Feast of the Assumption||Aug 15, 2021|
|Labor Day||Sep 06, 2021|
|Rosh Hashanah||Sep 07 to Sep 08, 2021|
|Yom Kippur||Sep 16, 2021|
|Succoth||Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2021|
|Shemini Atzereth||Sep 28, 2021|
|Simchas Torah||Sep 29, 2021|
|Columbus Day||Oct 11, 2021|
|All Saints Day||Nov 01, 2021|
|Election Day||Nov 02, 2021|
|Diwali||Nov 04, 2021|
|Veterans Day||Nov 11, 2021|
|Thanksgiving Day||Nov 25, 2021|
|Immaculate Conception||Dec 08, 2021|
|Christmas Day||Dec 25, 2021|
The City of New York suspends alternate side parking during severe weather such as snowstorms to facilitate the work of city services and to keep cars off the streets during chaos. Once the snowstorm is over, ASP rules will be enforced again so that plows can begin removing snow from the parking lanes and help restore normal street cleaning operations. The City of New York provides real-time information through their dedicated Twitter account for ASP below.
Tweets by NYCASP
NYC parking tickets are among the most expensive in the country. In 2016, they totaled $440 million! Street Cleaning NYC was the #1 parking violation in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens!
A street cleaning NYC ticket costs $65 if you live in Manhattan on 96th Street or below and $45 in all other areas including Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens.
There are two main reasons why this ticket is so common:
A few services to track the alternate side parking schedule are currently available. New York City DOT has a NYC alternate side parking map but the search is very complicated and it’s not mobile-friendly. Other companies also offer a map but the data is often missing or inaccurate.
The SpotAngels app is the easiest way to deal with the issue. It is used by thousands of NYC residents who constantly keep the parking rules updated. It was featured on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as the best parking app in the US and described as “Waze for parking” and “the parking hero we’ve needed but never had”.
Bonus: You can set the app to run in the background to AUTOMATICALLY set a reminder for alternate side parking each time you park.