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.
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.
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.
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 and is used by thousands of NYC residents. The app runs in the background to AUTOMATICALLY set a reminder for alternate side parking each time you park. It was featured on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as one of the best apps of the year and described as “Waze for parking” and “the parking hero we’ve needed but never had”.
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.
Caution: ASP rules may apply in metered parking zones. When ASP rules are suspended for a holiday or other reason, the parking meters may remain in effect. The easiest way to figure out whether you can park or not on a given day is to check our map.
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.
When the City of New York needs to update the street cleaning rules, alternate side parking may be suspended temporarily to allow DOT to post the new signs in the area. Only ASP rules are suspended in this case, not the other rules that may apply. There is usually a 1 week grace period after that during which the streets are cleaned without citations being issued to enable residents to get used to the new ASP schedule.