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Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended Monday and Tuesday for Passover.

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

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

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Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended Tuesday through Friday, April 15 to 18 for Passover, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. Wednesday is the anniversary of the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border between the United States and Canada, and we think the Department of Transportation is also looking to honor this, although they have not said so.

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

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

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A neighbor living near Bedford Avenue and Avenue V woke to this scene today. A tree limb that weighs several hundred pounds had tumbled down from where it had loomed over his car when he parked the night before. He was lucky – it was a light grazing, and he called police to file a report, according to our tipster Marina K.

It’s a scene we see all over the neighborhood when winds are strong. And they’re pretty strong right now; in fact, we’re currently under a National Weather Service advisory warning of strong, gusty winds reaching up to 50 miles per hour. The advisory lasts until 6:00 p.m. today.

The problem is worse in the flood zone, where the salty waters or Superstorm Sandy have dried up root systems and weakened trees. We’ve seen precarious conditions on, and received lots of complaints about, tree-lined blocks in Manhattan Beach, Plumb Beach and Sheepshead Bay.

Be careful out there. Keep your eyes on the tree line, and try not to park under larger limbs. If you do, make sure to check on your car well before you have to go to work – you might find yourself calling in late to deal with the aftermath.

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.

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Our readers often complain to us about car dealers in the neighborhood parking their cars on residential blocks and gobbling up their parking spots. So we decided to look into the legality behind it and found that, according to the Department of Transportation, commercial vehicles, including cars being sold by dealers, cannot sit in a public street parking spot longer than three hours.

According to locals, though, some dealers and leasing companies have been wildly abusing the privilege, leaving cars on residential streets for days on end. We’ve even heard of some cases where they swap around the license plates to fool authorities into thinking the cars have moved.

Now, let’s be clear: this is not every local dealer – or even the majority of them. But a few bad apples are giving the entire local industry a bad reputation. So we’ve put together this handy guide for how you can complain about illegally parked cars with dealership plates in the hopes that we can curb the practice, and level the playing ground for the good-guy dealers and leasers who store their cars responsibly (and, often, at a cost).

If you see a car parked day after day in the same spot sporting dealer plates (which are clearly marked with the word “Dealer” on it), snap a photo for your records, and note the location by the address of the nearest building. Then it’s time to pick up the phone, turn your computer on and get that precious parking spot back.

  1. Call 311 and tell them that a car dealer is storing their goods on a residential block. Offer the photo, which should include the plates and hopefully a time stamp. The 311 representative will give you a service request number. Write it down.
  2. Follow that up with a call to your Community Board. For those living in Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Gerritsen Beach and Homecrest, it’s going to be Community Board 15. The Community Board provides much the same function as 311 – but with a human touch and a personal stake, improving the chances of a follow-up with the appropriate agencies. Community Board 15′s number is (718) 332-3008. When you call, tell them you have the 311 service request number. They’ll do their thing.
  3. If it’s a chronic problem in a certain area, stop by the 61st Precinct’s Community Council meetings, which take place on the second Wednesday of every month. There you can speak to the commanding officer directly and publicly, and often in the presence of elected officials, putting a little bit of pressure on the NYPD to provide a response. If the cops keep finding cars from the same dealer, they’ll likely stop by their offices to have a word with the owner.
  4. Call your councilman. This one’s extra credit if you really want to push the point. If you take this road, make sure to give the councilman’s representative that 311 number.

Finally, tell Sheepshead Bites about it. We want to know where exactly this is happening. If you’re concerned about privacy, email us at nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com, otherwise, leave the location in the comments, as well as an estimate of how long it’s been going on. We’re especially interested in the locations and timing, and are looking at putting a map together to identify problem areas.

One thing: please don’t speculate in our comments about which dealerships are doing this. Unless we can verify it independently, we don’t want to see this post become a place for making accusations that can harm potentially innocent local businesses.

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The Department of Transportation suspends alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1. So if you have too much of a good time tonight and can’t get out of bed in the morning, there’s some relief for you.

Take note, though: all parking regulations are in effect on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31.

Check out the full NYC 2014 parking calendar.

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Trying to get around the city this Christmas? Make sure you account for the following change:

  • On December 25, trains will run on a Sunday schedule, meaning no B service, and Q service ends at 57 St-7 Av. R service runs via the Manhattan Bridge.
  • If you’re driving, alternate side parking rules and parking meters are suspended on Wednesday, December 25. Stopping, standing, and parking, is permitted, except in areas where these rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, “No Standing Anytime”).
  • Parking meters and alternate side parking are IN EFFECT during Christmas Eve.

Visit the MTA’s website or the alternate side suspension calendar for more information.

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*

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.

Voting booths, on the left, in New York City, circa 1900. Source: Wikipedia

Voting booths, on the left, in New York City, circa 1900. Source: Wikipedia

Alternate side of the street parking regulations for the purpose of street cleaning will be suspended Tuesday, November 5 for Election Day [Ed. -- Don’t forget to vote!] 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 Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian or Spanish (all PDFs) — from the NYC DOT’s website.

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