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An example of Diwali decorations. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended Thursday, October 23, for Diwali. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

You can check out the rest of the 2014 parking calendar here.

Diwali is a Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. The five-day event culminates with the new moon. In the days leading up to it, the approximately 80,000 Hindus in the New York metropolitan area will clean and decorate their homes, light lamps and candles, before gorging on a family feast and exchanging gifts.

It sounds like fun, and this editor is accepting invitations.

Eid a Fitr is also called the Sweet Festival for all the yummy sweets (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Alternate side parking regulations are suspended Monday through Wednesday, July 28 to 30 for Eid al-Fitr, and there will be no street cleaning on those days.

All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. After fasting from dawn to sunset the previous month, Muslims are not permitted to fast during Eid al-Fitr and usually attend large celebrations full of food and gifts. It’s one of the most important festivals on the Islamic calendar.

You can download your own 2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar from the NYC DOT’s website.

After a 23-day suspension, alternate side parking is now back in effect.

Alternate side parking regulations are now reinstated citywide as of Monday, February 24. Payment at parking meters will also be in effect throughout the city.

The regulations had been suspended since January 31 because of snow and ice, and to keep people from having to move their cars for street cleaning. It was an appreciated break by motorists, who would’ve been hard pressed to find new parking spaces with mountains of snow taking up spots.

The 23-day suspension is going near the top of the list for longest suspensions in the city’s history. The top slot stays with the Koch Administration, when alternate side parking was suspended for 62 consecutive days in 1978. And after the September 11th attacks, Manhattan did without alternate side parking for 30 days, while the rest of the city saw a 22-day suspension, the Daily News notes.

The paper also calculates that there have been 41 days out of a total of 54 days in 2014 that have seen the rules suspended.

Well, 2014 is just around the corner and we know what you’re thinking: gosh, on what dates in 2014 will alternate side parking be suspended?

We’ve got you covered. Here’s the newly released 2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension Calendar. Bookmark this page (CTRL + D) to check back throughout the year as you need it. You can also use this link to download a calendar file (ics) that you can import into your computer or phone’s calendar program.

Without further ado here’s the list of dates you can sleep a little later because you don’t need to move your car.

Date Holiday
Wednesday, January 1 New Years Day*
Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Friday, January 31 Asian Lunar New Year
Wednesday, February 12 Lincoln’s Birthday
Monday, February 17 Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day)
Wednesday, March 5 Ash Wednesday
Sunday, March 16 Purim
Tuesday, April 15 Passover (1st day)
Wednesday, April 16 Passover (2nd day)
Thursday, April 17 Holy Thursday (Orthodox)
Friday, April 18 Good Friday (Orthodox)
Monday, April 21 Passover (7th days)
Tuesday, April 22 Passover (8th days)
Monday, May 26 Memorial Day*
Thursday, May 29 Solemnity of the Ascension
Wednesday, June 4 Shavuot
Thursday, June 5 Shavuot
Friday, July 4 Independence Day*
Monday, July 28 Idul-Fitr
Tuesday, July 29 Idul-Fitr
Wednesday, July 30 Idul-Fitr
Friday, Aug 15 Feast of the Assumption
Monday, Sept 1 Labor Day*
Thursday, Sept 25 Rosh Hashanah
Friday, Sept 26 Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, Oct 4 Idul-Adha and Yom Kippur
Sunday, Oct 5 Idul-Adha
Monday, Oct 6 Idul-Adha
Thursday, Oct 9 Succoth
Friday, Oct 10 Succoth
Monday, Oct 13 Columbus Day
Thursday, Oct 16 Shemini Atzereth
Friday, Oct 17 Simchas Torah
Thursday, Oct 23 Diwali
Saturday, Nov 1 All Saints Day
Tuesday, Nov 4 Election Day
Tuesday, Nov 11 Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov 27 Thanksgiving*
Monday, Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec 25 Christmas*

My family Thanksgiving photo. (Source: martha_chapa95/Flickr)

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) and parking meter regulations are suspended on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28.

The Friday after Thanksgiving, November 29, is not a holiday. Alternate side parking regulations, parking meters and all other parking regulations will be in effect.

You can download your own 2013 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar — in English, as well as in ChineseHaitian CreoleItalianKoreanRussian or Spanish (all PDFs) — from the NYC DOT’swebsite.

Alternate side of the street parking regulations for the purpose of street cleaning will be suspended Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day. All other regulations, including parking meters, shall remain in effect.

You can download your own 2013 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar — in English, as well as in ChineseHaitian CreoleItalianKoreanRussian or Spanish (all PDFs) — from the NYC DOT’swebsite.

Photo courtesy of Raffi Greenstein

Photo courtesy of Raffi Greenstein

Parking is one of the more horrible pastimes that New Yorkers have dealt with in the past century. There are a million rules, fines and, what is worse, so few precious spots to cram your car into. Sheepshead Bites reader Rafi Greenstein sent us this message along with the two photographs:

Reason number #50058 to hate NYC. I spend up to 20 minutes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday looking for a parking space on the correct side of the street sometimes I get lucky but sometimes I have no choice but to park on the side where I will have to move at 12 p.m. At 12 p.m. I have no choice like many other drivers to double park I leave a big note with my phone number in case somebody needs to move. Now alternate side ends at 1:30 p.m. If I do not move at exactly that moment or sit in my car for 5 minutes before I get $150 ticket. If I had decided to stay on the wrong side of the street I would have gotten a $65 ticket and 5 minutes leeway both before and after alternate side.

Now, this is something I’m on the fence about. While the standard is obviously screwed up – Rafi should not have been penalized more than if had more blatantly broken rules by refusing to move for street cleaning – I’m also continually irked by those that think it’s okay to double park on street cleaning days. What do you think?

Photo courtesy of Raffi Greenstein

Photo courtesy of Raffi Greenstein

Source: furmancenter.org via gothamist

Source: furmancenter.org via gothamist

New Yorkers are born complainers. The tradition started in 1626 when the leader of the local Lenape Indians informed his people that he sold Manhattan Island for $24 worth of beads. You can only imagine grumbling as the Lenape packed up their things and headed for Staten Island. While someone could probably fashion a list of over a million complaints that New Yorkers assert on a daily basis, researchers at the Furman Center have boiled down the most frequently registered complaints issued by every neighborhood in the city.

By analyzing 311 data from last summer, the Furman Center produced the map seen above. While this map gives you a general idea of what New Yorkers are upset about, we thought it would be interesting to see what specifically people in our area have been griping about. Here is a break down for our local communities. Spoiler? People really need to stop blocking the driveways.

Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach and Gerritsen Beach (lumped into one category by 311):

  1. Street Light Out
  2. No Access (blocked driveways)
  3. With licence plate (derelict vehicles; sometimes vehicles that appear abandoned or have parked in a space for too long)

Seagate and Coney Island:

  1. Loud Music/Party
  2. Vermin
  3. Pothole

West Brighton (a.k.a. Coney Island, from Ocean Parkway to the Steeplechase Pier):

  1. Vermin
  2. Broken Muni-Meter
  3. Water Supply

Brighton Beach:

  1. No Access
  2. Pothole
  3. Broken Muni-Meter

Homecrest:

  1. No Access
  2. Vermin
  3. Sewer Backup

Midwood:

  1. Ceiling (this is a complaint against landlords [including the MTA, in the case of train stations] for crumbling ceilings)
  2. Fallen Branches
  3. No Access

Ocean Parkway South:

  1. No Access
  2. Fallen Branches
  3. Dead Animals

Gravesend:

  1. Street Light Out
  2. Derelict Vehicles
  3. Pothole

Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended citywide today, Friday, March 8, 2013, to facilitate snow removal. Meters and all other parking regulations remain in effect.

On Monday, February 18, we celebrate the birthdays of – depending on your interpretation – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, all, would you know it, former presidents of these United States. I guess that’s why it’s called Presidents Day. And I guess these folks must have hated moving their cars early in the morning, riding express subways, and taking out the trash, because to commemorate them we’ve made sure none of these things happen on their observed birthdays.

On Monday, February 18, there are the following changes to city services:

  • Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended. All other Department of Transportation regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect (because presidents love meters).
  • There will be no garbage or recycling collection.
  • All buses and subways will operate on a Saturday schedule, meaning no B train for the holiday.

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