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NYC Parking tickets: where you’re likely to get one and how SpotAngels can pay for it

New York City is well known for its hefty parking tickets. Between October 2020 and September 2021, the City of New York made close to $260m from parking tickets according to its open data portal.

SpotAngels – the ‘Waze for Parking’ app that helps drivers find street parking and avoid tickets – analyzed this data to show you the best and worst spots and neighborhoods for parking tickets in NYC. Also, find out how SpotAngels can pay for your ticket. Yes, you heard it right, pay for it!

NYC parking ticket numbers

Between October 2020 to September 2021, there were 4,006,011 parking tickets issued in the City of New York totaling close to $260m in revenue. While that is a huge number, it was twice higher pre-pandemic. Alternate Side Parking reform that was initiated during the pandemic reduced the number of street cleaning tickets and thus the city’s revenue.

A parking ticket cost NYC citizens on average $65.

The most common violation was ‘NO PARKING-STREET CLEANING’.

For the below study, SpotAngels focused on a subset of 1,235,775 parking tickets exclusively linked to parking and not driving a vehicle and that have accurate geographic coordinates in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx – see Methodology Section above for the data cleaning process and the list of parking violation codes used.

Manhattan neighborhoods ranked by parking ticket likelihood

With over 12 parking tickets per 100 spots – Kips Bay and Battery Park City are the neighborhoods where you’re most likely to get a parking ticket.

With 4.4 parking tickets per 100 spots, Flatiron District is where you’re less likely to get a parking ticket.

You can see where your neighborhood ranks in the chart below.

Neighborhood# of parking tickets$ parking tickets# parking spots with restrictionsRatio tickets per 100 spots
Kips Bay20,851$1,308,115162,12512.9
Battery Park City412$39,6453,35412.3
Gramercy9,960$653,62590,40811.0
Stuyvesant Town820$55,0157,97410.3
Tribeca13,172$1,060,075128,27210.3
Little Italy6,381$584,31562,22110.3
Financial District13,644$1,192,135133,06210.3
Murray Hill13,218$1,175,410135,4389.8
Upper East Side100,095$6,669,1151,032,7979.7
Lower East Side26,386$1,630,320277,7059.5
West Village28,870$2,064,255306,2579.4
Washington Heights25,639$1,694,830275,0219.3
Chinatown11,347$724,635124,4729.1
East Harlem29,885$2,006,030331,6599.0
East Village28,244$1,832,645317,9548.9
Civic Center261$25,1352,9568.8
Upper West Side74,882$4,742,275876,3908.5
Two Bridges891$66,34011,2527.9
Nolita7,580$516,09596,8047.8
NoHo4,951$383,89064,9687.6
SoHo31,205$2,396,575412,9597.6
Inwood9,018$636,375122,2347.4
Hell’s Kitchen32,773$2,891,925445,2997.4
Morningside Heights4,559$249,71562,8627.3
Greenwich Village21,538$1,553,535305,1477.1
Harlem37,794$2,642,400594,9986.4
Midtown158,032$13,338,8652,546,4916.2
Chelsea52,417$3,896,175885,5295.9
Marble Hill497$27,5108,4575.9
Theater District22,196$1,842,540383,2095.8
Roosevelt Island1,244$59,00523,4545.3
Central Park2,308$143,30545,0145.1
Flatiron District15,124$1,119,620341,6224.4

Brooklyn neighborhoods ranked by parking ticket likelihood

With over 11 parking tickets per 100 spots – Downtown Brooklyn is where you’re most likely to get a parking ticket. Navy Yard scores high even though the number of tickets is low because there are few spots there with parking restrictions.

With less than 4 parking tickets per 100 spots, Greenwood Heights, Manhattan Beach and Coney Island are the neighborhoods where you’re less likely to get a parking ticket.

You can see where your neighborhood ranks in the chart below.

Neighborhood# of parking tickets$ parking tickets# parking spots with restrictionsRatio tickets per 100 spots
Navy Yard28$1,47016816.67
Downtown Brooklyn6,213$489,31555,32411.23
Vinegar Hill849$57,7108,9849.45
Brooklyn Heights15,379$1,025,705162,9729.44
DUMBO2,641$209,62528,1999.37
Williamsburg26,285$1,746,065311,5828.44
Red Hook863$61,16010,8447.96
Bath Beach4,397$220,48556,3497.80
Gerritsen Beach26$1,0703367.74
Bergen Beach134$7,4001,7417.70
Boerum Hill5,980$374,33080,0037.47
Brownsville5,245$363,96570,7987.41
Columbia St578$31,9107,9277.29
Borough Park27,776$1,346,235385,3307.21
Carroll Gardens4,154$208,72058,1427.14
Bay Ridge10,501$556,290147,2527.13
Sheepshead Bay22,377$1,158,445316,8117.06
Bushwick13,898$981,335202,9056.85
Fort Hamilton5,397$288,90578,9096.84
East New York9,458$699,115141,8686.67
Cobble Hill2,986$170,71044,8986.65
Kensington5,897$328,75588,6726.65
Gravesend11,038$595,315167,6446.58
Greenpoint8,608$522,115131,9336.52
Sunset Park16,377$981,845253,3676.46
Fort Greene8,015$567,380124,2066.45
Cypress Hills6,391$418,83099,4706.43
Brighton Beach7,707$506,795122,7136.28
Flatbush22,872$1,416,265368,0626.21
Bensonhurst8,878$509,585148,0915.99
Marine Park657$31,33511,0435.95
Dyker Heights3,531$209,36559,3575.95
Flatlands5,019$263,66085,6745.86
Gowanus2,512$158,17043,1545.82
Clinton Hill6,141$371,860107,8665.69
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens6,844$530,810121,9425.61
Canarsie5,686$371,840102,1385.57
South Slope6,003$336,540107,8785.56
East Flatbush21,095$1,531,925379,1085.56
Crown Heights17,806$1,419,210323,6435.50
Prospect Park61$4,1101,1105.50
Prospect Heights3,990$249,77572,6935.49
Windsor Terrace1,709$91,66531,8955.36
Park Slope10,853$628,800206,6395.25
Midwood11,439$581,540225,1055.08
Mill Basin90$6,3951,8024.99
Bedford-Stuyvesant26,604$1,797,125532,6844.99
Coney Island2,322$167,72060,1993.86
Manhattan Beach2,162$135,70061,4893.52
Greenwood Heights35$2,5151,0373.38

Queens neighborhoods ranked by parking ticket likelihood

With over 13 parking tickets per 100 spots – Ozone Park and Laurelton are the neighborhoods where you’re most likely to get a parking ticket. Glen Oaks scores high even though the number of tickets is low because there are few spots there with parking restrictions.

With 2 parking tickets per 100 spots, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is where you’re less likely to get a parking ticket.

You can see where your neighborhood ranks in the chart below.

Neighborhood# of parking tickets$ parking tickets# parking spots with restrictionsRatio tickets per 100 spots
Glen Oaks4$1402416.67
Ozone Park1,209$56,4908,82913.69
Laurelton438$16,3753,30413.26
Hollis Hills10$3158511.76
College Point2,369$127,70520,30911.66
Middle Village798$48,4807,44910.71
Richmond Hill8,363$400,23080,53410.38
Floral Park19$1,06518310.38
Fresh Meadows1,282$57,52012,44510.30
Glendale2,759$156,00027,43710.06
Woodhaven4,314$191,58544,1929.76
Forest Hills20,536$1,118,370214,1099.59
Woodside7,498$433,11584,0728.92
Sunnyside12,493$742,395143,0188.74
Bayside2,195$95,50525,1508.73
Hollis869$57,03510,0238.67
St. Albans284$14,4003,3228.55
Whitestone500$23,1255,9078.46
Ridgewood15,995$899,705190,8198.38
Rosedale73$4,9358828.28
Rego Park9,977$554,885120,6808.27
Elmhurst14,520$802,825175,8198.26
Queens Village1,396$63,04517,2998.07
Douglaston62$5,1407767.99
Jackson Heights21,257$1,331,855266,0977.99
Long Island City17,718$1,068,895228,3457.76
Kew Gardens5,132$291,94066,2987.74
Flushing31,682$2,087,115427,7647.41
Bellerose147$8,1651,9917.38
Maspeth2,641$151,45035,8037.38
Little Neck116$11,2901,5797.35
Corona5,097$319,10069,6457.32
South Ozone Park434$34,7806,0027.23
Kew Gardens Hills3,796$176,76054,5596.96
East Elmhurst3,888$271,84057,8986.72
Ditmars Steinway7,129$355,225108,2496.59
Broad Channel23$1,5253576.44
Bay Terrace10$6201576.37
Jamaica28,409$1,633,780451,9746.29
Holliswood11$1,2651885.85
Astoria33,284$1,601,200574,0145.80
Jamaica Hills1,497$81,78027,2705.49
Bayswater419$29,3657,6615.47
Springfield Gardens368$24,4006,7665.44
Rockaway Park1,480$86,09527,9615.29
Forest Park2$90385.26
Howard Beach727$29,04013,9045.23
Rockaway Beach430$28,0708,2595.21
Belle Harbor296$12,9355,8465.06
Edgemere300$17,1655,9745.02
Briarwood4,350$219,81586,7325.02
Cambria Heights51$2,6501,0894.68
Jamaica Estates1,565$88,98534,2124.57
Far Rockaway1,994$132,17544,0054.53
Arverne564$33,81514,6133.86
Neponsit28$2,3107333.82
Flushing Meadows Corona Park3$1151482.03

The Bronx neighborhoods ranked by parking ticket likelihood

With over 9 parking tickets per 100 spots – Pelham Bay and Tremont are the neighborhoods where you’re most likely to get a parking ticket. Woodlawn scores high even though the number of tickets is low because there are few spots there with parking restrictions.

With 2 parking tickets per 100 spots, Crotona Park is where you’re less likely to get a parking ticket.

You can see where your neighborhood ranks in the chart below.

Neighborhood# of parking tickets$ parking tickets# parking spots with restrictionsRatio tickets per 100 spots
Pelham Bay2,718$119,19528,4129.57
Tremont6,287$381,20067,6329.30
Woodlawn25$2,1052769.06
Westchester Square3,871$194,49543,6498.87
Melrose4,343$315,83548,9818.87
West Farms2,471$193,30528,5368.66
Riverdale826$39,2859,5818.62
Mount Hope4,698$368,28055,5998.45
Mount Eden4,335$272,68553,1468.16
Morrisania4,797$386,13559,1978.10
Concourse3,709$223,96546,8867.91
Concourse Village5,813$425,05074,2997.82
Fieldston517$29,1456,8127.59
Parkchester12,665$730,825168,0027.54
Pelham Gardens39$1,9305207.50
Belmont14,051$847,000187,3787.50
Mott Haven9,212$656,680126,7037.27
Bronx Park53$3,4857357.21
Norwood8,798$568,355122,2197.20
Morris Park2,164$97,58530,1677.17
Highbridge3,111$270,15548,1216.46
Allerton4,081$217,65063,7916.40
Fordham22,612$1,450,070355,7296.36
Van Nest2,972$182,29047,3186.28
Bronxdale4,027$205,44564,4246.25
Longwood7,971$542,070127,8286.24
Claremont Village5,446$370,87088,7726.13
University Heights3,135$217,73051,9136.04
Co-op City530$43,3358,8585.98
Hunts Point518$38,6508,7435.92
Spuyten Duyvil257$13,2454,4325.80
East Morrisania2,789$206,14048,8625.71
Port Morris1,454$127,91525,5725.69
Williamsbridge4,219$228,17074,7045.65
Kingsbridge8,150$520,010144,6955.63
Schuylerville632$25,74011,6575.42
Unionport2,545$135,81547,1565.40
North Riverdale120$6,6502,3545.10
Soundview2,237$147,48543,9875.09
Castle Hill15$9102995.02
Throgs Neck971$43,37519,4724.99
Olinville972$58,84520,0004.86
Wakefield3,325$176,77068,7644.84
Morris Heights3,056$216,41063,3614.82
Baychester319$17,4206,7184.75
Edenwald184$10,4403,9494.66
Clason Point251$19,8456,5283.84
Eastchester44$2,1601,1603.79
Van Cortlandt Park1$115372.70
Crotona Park46$5,0802,2202.07

10 worst spots for parking tickets

These are the 10 parking spots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx with the most parking tickets. Each spot gets close to 1 or more parking tickets per day, be extra careful when you park there!

AddressBoroughNeighborhood# of parking ticketsMost common parking violations
152-11 89th AveQueensJamaica568FAIL TO DSPLY MUNI METER RECPT

NO PARKING-STREET CLEANING
229 W 43rd StManhattanTheater District409NO STANDING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
114 W 47th StManhattanTheater District394NO STANDING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
2 W 45th StManhattanMidtown371NO STANDING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
500 W 30th StManhattanChelsea361NO STANDING-EXC. TRUCK LOADING
554 W 30th StManhattanChelsea359NO STANDING-EXC. TRUCK LOADING
333 7th AveManhattanChelsea355NO STOPPING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
5 E 47th StManhattanMidtown344NO STANDING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
135 W 50th StManhattanTheater District339FAIL TO DISP. MUNI METER RECPT

NO STANDING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
37-27 74th StQueensJackson Heights335NO STANDING-COMM METER ZONE

SpotAngels can pay for your ticket!

SpotAngels helps drivers find street parking and avoid tickets in NYC and 100+ cities across North America. The SpotAngels parking map in NYC has parking rules, rates and availability information that is constantly updated by a community of 150k+ active Angels in the city.

The app also shows the riskiest times to get a ticket at a given spot using the NYC open data detailed above.

Most of the features on the app are free. Some are part of the ‘Plus’ plan which provides premium features like the chance to find parking based on historical availability contributions or alternate side parking reminders the night before street cleaning. Plus costs $4.99 a month, $29.99 a year.

Limited offer for New Yorkers:
The first 1,000 Plus members who enter the promo code ‘NYCINSURANCE’ will benefit from a parking ticket insurance until May 15, 2022. SpotAngels will pay for any parking ticket at a spot where its data is wrong.

This offer applies only to street parking spots in NYC that are regulated by city parking signs – parking tickets for private spots such as driveways or for spots non regulated by signs such as fire hydrants will not be considered.

How does it work?
1. You need to pick the ‘Plus’ plan at signup or upgrade to ‘Plus’ after creating a free account.
2. You need to enter the promo code ‘NYCINSURANCE’ on the Earn tab to join the limited offer (only the first 1,000 Plus members will get access).
3. You need to be an active Plus member (not during the free trial) to use the insurance.
4. If you receive a parking ticket and you think the SpotAngels map has inaccurate information (NYC map only), email your ticket at tickets@spotangels.com as well as a picture of the new parking rules at that spot.
5. SpotAngels will pay for the ticket on your behalf if its data was wrong at the time you received the ticket. There is a limit of 1 ticket per month per Plus member. Towing fees not included.
6. The parking ticket insurance is a promotional program that will be running until May 15, 2022.

SpotAngels Methodology

  1. SpotAngels downloaded the parking violations data from the City of New York’s open data portal for Fiscal Year 2022 (October 2020 to September 2021)
  2. SpotAngels filtered the data on parking violation codes exclusively in relation to parking and not driving a vehicle. For example, parking violation codes such as ‘bus lane violation’, ‘registration sticker expired’, ‘front or back plate missing’ and similar were excluded. Further below is the list of parking violation codes that SpotAngels focused on.
  3. SpotAngels further filtered the data focusing only on parking tickets with a ‘house number’ and ‘street name’ and for which geographic coordinates were found. This was done to avoid considering parking tickets with an incorrect location which would skew the neighborhood breakdown. SpotAngels used Mapbox’s geocoding service for determining the geographic coordinates.
  4. SpotAngels associated the geographic coordinates to NYC’s neighborhood limits defined on BetaNYC’s Community Data Portal
  5. SpotAngels matched the resulting data to its proprietary parking map data – the SpotAngels map displays all the street parking spots and knows which ones have restrictions. SpotAngels has exhaustive data in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx but not Staten Island.
  6. SpotAngels computed the average number of tickets per parking spot in each neighborhood

Parking violation codes considered for the SpotAngels study:

NO PARKING-STREET CLEANING
FAIL TO DSPLY MUNI METER RECPT
NO STANDING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
FIRE HYDRANT
NO PARKING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
NO STANDING-COMM METER ZONE
EXPIRED MUNI METER
NO STANDING-EXC. TRUCK LOADING
FAIL TO DISP. MUNI METER RECPT
NO STANDING-EXC. AUTH. VEHICLE
NO STOPPING-DAY/TIME LIMITS
EXPIRED MUNI MTR-COMM MTR ZN
NGHT PKG ON RESID STR-COMM VEH
NON-COMPLIANCE W/ POSTED SIGN
OTHER
MISCELLANEOUS
NO STANDING-FOR HIRE VEH STND
NO PARKING-EXC. AUTH. VEHICLE
NO STD(EXC TRKS/GMTDST NO-TRK)
PCKP DSCHRGE IN PRHBTD ZONE
DIVIDED HIGHWAY
NO STANDING-COMMUTER VAN STOP
PKG IN EXC. OF LIM-COMM MTR ZN
NO STOP/STANDNG EXCEPT PAS P/U
OT PARKING-MISSING/BROKEN METR
OVERTIME STDG D/S
OVERTIME STANDING DP
EXPIRED METER

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