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Alternate Side Parking to be Cut to Once a Week in Pilot Starting Monday


June 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Alternate side parking rules will be cut to once per week across the entire city for a one-week pilot beginning Monday — in what could well become a permanent change.

The city will cut street cleaning and alternate side parking rules to once a week on streets where they are currently twice or more a week, beginning Monday, June 29, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning.

The city will pilot the cutback for one week and then reassess to see if it is something that can be made permanent.

“This needs to change, so we’re about to make the biggest change in alternate side parking in the last two decades,” de Blasio said, noting he is in favor of making the pilot permanent.

Streets where there are cleaning twice or more a week will only be cleaned on the later day scheduled. For example a Monday, Wednesday street will only be cleaned Wednesday and residents can leave their cars parked on the street Monday.

(City Hall presentation)

De Blasio has repeatedly suspended alternate side parking and street cleaning altogether for weeks at a time during the pandemic. The rules are currently suspended through Sunday.

After next week the city will reevaluate each week whether to suspend alternate parking throughout the summer.

De Blasio said he has been frustrated himself dealing with the alternate side parking rules and trying to find a parking spot.

“It is frustrating. It is difficult, it doesn’t have to be this way,” he said during his daily press briefing this morning. “We have to rethink the whole model.”

He said the rules are unfair and a “super hassle” for people who have to move their cars multiple times a week to avoid a ticket.

The mayor seemed favorable towards cutting back the rules permanently.

“I like it,” he said. “I hope this will prove to be as common sense as I think it is and it’ll be something we can institute long term.”

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If you thought parking is hard now, wait until they make these changes from 4 days a week to 2 days. You will not only see people storing their cars on the street but restaurants (understandable under current circumstances) are now taking up parking spaces will only add to your parking woes.


Agreed, also as stated in my post, one side of the street will never be cleaned with the new rules. Many will probably ignore alternate side all together since eating a $65 ticket a week is cheaper than a parking lot and much cheaper than a garage. They will probably raise the price of a ticket to $100 to address that issue.


As the old saying goes don’t ask for what you want you may get it.

There are at least three questions/problems with this.

Some areas in NYC have four day alternate side, mon-thur and tues fri. Does that mean only Friday you have to move it or also Thurs.

On regular two day streets like Mon-Thurs, the monday side will never be cleaned.

Especially on four day streets, it will be cheaper to eat tickets than to find a garage for your car so people will store their cars in front of your house.


There are at least three major questions/problems with this new rule ie don’t ask for what you want you may get it.

1-Greenpoint is one of the last areas to have four day alternate side, mon-thur and tues-fri. Does that mean cleaning will only be on Friday or also Thurs.

2-Two day alternate side streets like mon-thur means the Monday side will never be cleaned.

3-Especially on four day streets, it will be cheaper to eat the ticket then to get a garage so some people will store their cars in front of your house.


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