Driving a car in New York City can be an expensive activity. Parking prices for sure don’t help. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to find a free parking spot or two.

To find those free street parking spots, here is what you need:

  1. An understanding of where those spots exist. (Check out this free map!)
  2. Familiarity with parking rules in NYC so you’ll know that free spot is actually free.

Map of Free Parking

Most of the spots in busy areas like Times Square, Hudson Yards, Midtown Manhattan, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Downtown Brooklyn are metered. But some are free. To locate them you can use the SpotAngels map before navigating to your desired area.

The map updates in real-time, so simply type in the address you’re parking near, the time you expect to be there, and your duration. The spots where you can legally park will appear on the map along with their prices. The green spots are the ones that are free charge!

map of free parking in New York City - SpotAngels

Pro tip: Some of the metered spots (in blue) might be free of charge as well if you happen to park outside of the metered hours 😉

New York City Parking Rules:

Parking is free on Sunday and during most Holidays!
Additionally, Alternate Side Parking is suspended during all the Holidays. Here they are for 2024:

Start DateParking HolidayEnd Date
2024-01-01New Year's Day2024-01-01
2024-01-06Three King's Day2024-01-06
2024-01-15Martin Luther King, Jr. Day2024-01-15
2024-02-09Lunar New Year’s Eve2024-02-09
2024-02-10Lunar New Year2024-02-10
2024-02-12Lincoln's Birthday2024-02-12
2024-02-13Winter storm operations2024-02-13
2024-02-14Ash Wednesday2024-02-14
2024-02-17Weather Operations2024-02-17
2024-02-19Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day)2024-02-19
2024-03-28Holy Thursday2024-03-28
2024-03-29Good Friday2024-03-29
2024-04-10Eid al-Fitr (Idul-Fitr)2024-04-11
2024-04-29Passover (7th/8th Days)2024-04-30
2024-05-02Holy Thursday (Orthodox)2024-05-02
2024-05-03Good Friday (Orthodox)2024-05-03
2024-05-09Solemnity of the Ascension2024-05-09
2024-05-27Memorial Day2024-05-27
2024-06-17Eid al-Adha (Idul-Adha)2024-06-18
2024-07-04Independence Day2024-07-04
2024-08-13Tisha B'Av2024-08-13
2024-08-15Feast of the Assumption2024-08-15
2024-09-02Labor Day2024-09-02
2024-10-03Rosh Hashanah2024-10-04
2024-10-12Yom Kippur2024-10-11
2024-10-14Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day2024-10-14
2024-10-24Shemini Atzereth2024-10-24
2024-10-25Simchas Torah2024-10-25
2024-11-01All Saints Day2024-11-01
2024-11-05Election Day2024-11-05
2024-11-11Veterans day2024-11-11
2024-11-28Thanksgiving Day2024-11-28
2024-12-09Immaculate Conception2024-12-09
2024-12-25Christmas Day2024-12-25

Want to get free parking recommendations before your meetings? you can connect your calendar to SpotAngels 

To know which specific regulations are suspended on these days and find parking on the go, download the award-winning SpotAngels app. It is free 😉

SpotAngels App Screenshot

View Map of Free Parking in New York City

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