Dumbo, a small neighborhood that is also a popular tourist destination, can be a tricky place to find parking. We recently published a list of parking garages, which is probably the easiest way to ditch the car and start your day.
But what if you’re determined to avoid parking fees? Drivers are lucky to find street parking here, so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead if you’re going to DUMBO with a car.
Alternate Side Parking
Finding a free spot in Dumbo where you only have to move the car once a week for street cleaning is the holy grail. The Street Parker website can be enormously helpful. Their maps — see the screenshot above — show which streets get cleaned on which days, so you can plan accordingly.
You can also verify all the signs on any given block at the New York City Department of Transportation’s parking regulations page.
For newbies to NYC parking, here are a couple of things to watch out for:
- Always check the signs, and then recheck the signs. Generally the signs will tell you when you can and can’t park somewhere. Even if there’s only one sign on a block, and it’s far away from your spot, its rules will still apply. And be aware that signs will change from time to time.
- The street cleaning signs, indicated by a red “no parking” symbol with a broom (see above), tell you the one or two times a week you can’t park on that side of the street. Generally, the other side of the street will get cleaned on a different day of the week; hence the term alternate side parking.
- Red signs show the times you can’t park there, green signs the times when you can.
- Don’t park or stop at an active bus stop.
- Don’t park in front of a fire hydrant or an active driveway. The curb in these places will often be painted yellow, but not always. You must be 15 feet away from any fire hydrant.
- If you do get a ticket, you can pay it online here.