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Where to Find Free Parking in NYC

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!

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 2020:

Parking HolidayDate
Three King’s DayJan 06, 2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayJan 20, 2020
Lunar New Year’s EveJan 24, 2020
Lunar New YearJan 25, 2020
Lincoln’s BirthdayFeb 12, 2020
President’s DayFeb 17, 2020
Ash WednesdayFeb 26, 2020
PurimMar 10, 2020
CoronavirusMar 18 to Mar 24, 2020
CoronavirusMar 25 to May 16, 2020
Holy ThursdayApr 09, 2020
Passover (1st/2nd Days)Apr 09 to Apr 10, 2020
Good FridayApr 10, 2020
Passover (7th/8th Days)Apr 15 to Apr 16, 2020
Holy Thursday (Orthodox)Apr 16, 2020
Good Friday (Orthodox)Apr 17, 2020
Solemnity of AscensionMay 21, 2020
Eid al-Fitr (Idul-Fitr)May 24 to May 26, 2020
CoronavirusMay 25 to Jun 28, 2020
Memorial DayMay 25, 2020
ShavuotMay 29 to May 30, 2020
Alternate Side Parking ReformJun 29 to Sep 06, 2020
Independence DayJul 03 to Jul 04, 2020
ASP SuspensionJul 05 to Jul 19, 2020
ASP SuspensionJul 27 to Aug 02, 2020
Eid al-Adha (Idul-Adha)Jul 30 to Aug 01, 2020
Feast of the AssumptionAug 15, 2020
Labor DaySep 07, 2020
Rosh HashanahSep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Yom KippurSep 28, 2020
SuccothOct 03 to Oct 04, 2020
Shemini AtzerethOct 10, 2020
Simchas TorahOct 11, 2020
Columbus DayOct 12, 2020
All Saints DayNov 01, 2020
Election DayNov 03, 2020
Veterans DayNov 11, 2020
DiwaliNov 14, 2020
Thanksgiving DayNov 26, 2020
Immaculate ConceptionDec 08, 2020
Christmas DayDec 25, 2020
New Year’s dayJan 01, 2020

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 😉

View Map of Free Parking in New York City

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