Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Parking

Nature’s Parking Turnover Calculator

snowy_cars
Maybe?

Since the theme of the week is snowy streets and what we can learn from them, I thought I would share this photo of snow-covered windshields I took this morning on Park Place in Prospect Heights. The last significant snowfall came down during the wee hours of Wednesday morning, so these cars clearly have not moved since Tuesday at the latest, and in all likelihood have been immobile since before the Monday snow storm. Alternate side parking has been suspended the whole week, after all.

It's good that the owners of these cars decided not to venture forth and drive this week. But I would estimate that about a quarter of all the cars on Park Place looked like this today. That's a whole lot of prime real estate for stuff that's just sitting around.

The curb is probably the most contentious space of all on NYC streets. To daylight intersections so people can walk across safely, you need to claim some curb space. To build the best bikeways or speed up surface transit, you often need the curb lane. But take away a few parking spots, and you'll have a fierce fight on your hands. Even though, as the snow is telling us, a lot of people who park for free don't need to use their cars very much at all.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Friday’s Headlines: The Polk’s on Us Edition

This afternoon, our reporter Jesse Coburn will journey to Midtown to accept Streetsblog's first George Polk Award, one of journalism's highest honors. But before that, here's the news.

April 12, 2024

Op-Ed: Police Placard Corruption Report Was Weak, Disappointing … and Completely Expected

The Department of Investigations clearly had ample evidence of crimes and serious violations, yet its report lets everyone off the hook.

April 12, 2024

City Unveils Design for Long-Decrepit East Harlem Greenway

Nearly two dozen blocks of crumbling greenway along the Harlem River are slated for a revamp in 2025.

April 12, 2024

Thursday’s Headlines: Bike Lanes are Good for Business Edition

A business owner testifies from the heart (and wallet). Plus other news.

April 11, 2024

Environmental Groups Join to Fight Adams’s BQE Reconstruction

Rebuilding the Moses-era highway for another century is not environmental justice.

April 11, 2024
See all posts