There’s no free lunch – and, as a new study shows, “free parking” could also be a misnomer in New York City.
Data recently released by SpotAngels reveals the neighborhoods, and even the exact spaces, where city drivers are most likely to get parking tickets these days.
According to the study, Midtown Manhattan, the Upper East and West sides, Kips Bay, Downtown Brooklyn and Williamsburg rank among the areas where drivers are most likely to find those dreaded orange papers folded under the wipers, contributing to the 260 millions of dollars. the city collected parking fines between October 2020 and September 2021.
Which Manhattan neighborhood is most likely to blow your meter? It’s in Kips Bay, where nearly 13 tickets are issued for 100 parking spaces, SpotAngels found, grossing more than $ 1.3 million.
Overall, Midtown generated the most penalty revenue at $ 13,338,865 out of 158,032 tickets. (The study notes that there are 2,546,491 parking spaces with restrictions there.)
Laurelton and Ozone Park turned out to be the worst places to park in Queens, each averaging 13 tickets per 100 spaces. The worst place in the Bronx was Pelham Bay Park, with nine tickets for 100 seats, although Fordham had the most ticket revenue at $ 1.4 million.
Staten Island was not included in the study.
In addition to the worst neighborhoods, the study also identified 10 specific places where drivers were likely to be fined, many of which are in the hot Midtown area. Check them out below.
152-11 89th Ave., Jamaica, Queens
The highest paying space in all of New York is across from an apartment complex called Parkhill City in eastern Queens.
The spot saw 568 tickets during the 11-month study and is located near Jamaica’s main rail hub of an LIRR station, the AirTrain to JFK Airport, and the Sutphin Boulevard metro station, which serves lines E, J and Z.
229 W. 43rd St., Manhattan
Right on the edge of Times Square between Seventh and Eighth Avenue, this spot in front of the original New York Times building has grossed 409 tickets in the past year.
Ironically, the location is perched between two public parking lots. It is also close to several theaters, as well as Times Square tourist attractions like Dave & Buster’s as well as the Hard Rock Cafe, the 44th Street location of Carmine and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (Maybe Forrest was on something with all of this running.)
114 W. 47th St., Manhattan
Try not to blame The Post for this one. Located directly across from the News Corp Building on Avenue of the Americas, 394 tickets were distributed at this location.
Along that stretch, which is also the hub for Fox News, was the former NHL store site before it moved to Hudson Yards. The space is also across from Manhattan’s Diamond District and a short walk from Radio City Music Hall.
2 W. 45th St., Manhattan
The bustling corner of 45th Street and Fifth Avenue is home to this space which issued 371 tickets.
Just a quick trip to the nearby NBA store, this location is also not far from vibrant Times Square and Bryant Park.
500 and 554 W. 30th Street, Manhattan
We’re heading to Hudson Yards for the next two entries on this list. These two parking ticket ships are located next to each other, between 10th and 11th avenues of the mega development. 500 W. 30th St. had 361 tickets and 554 was just a little behind with 359, bringing the total to an expensive 720.
The High Line elevated walkway is nearby, as are the entrances to the many shops and restaurants in the courtyards. There’s also parking – for those who don’t want to take the risk – within striking distance.
333 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan
Turns out, the right style can’t get you out of a parking ticket. A location directly across from the Fashion Institute of Technology, between 28th and 29th Streets, gave frustrated drivers 355 tickets.
Another likely factor is that Madison Square Garden is a short three-block walk north.
5 E. 47th St., Manhattan
You would be more likely to park at the top of the rock. The area just outside Rockefeller Center between Fifth and Madison avenues was responsible for 344 fresh minted tickets.
As well as being adjacent to the famous plaza, this space is also just a few blocks south of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the many designer stores along Fifth Avenue.
135 West 50th St., Manhattan
There were 339 tickets distributed at this location between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, one which is also very close to a public garage.
Attractions like Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center are just a hop and a hop away, making it a potentially very expensive day for hapless drivers who don’t read the signs.
37-27 74th St., Queens
The last place on this list brings us back to the borough of the world! This busy street in Jackson Heights saw 335 tickets during the study period.
Right off Broadway and in the shadow of the BQE, this location is near a small public parking lot and close to a major transit junction and extensive retail corridor. It’s also close to the transit hub of the E, F, M, R, and 7 trains – food for thought for anyone looking to experience the area’s vibrant scene while avoiding unexpected fines.