Posted on | November 21, 2008 | 3 Comments
So there I was, driving into New York and feeling like not getting soaked again by parking rates in midtown Manhattan where the prices can be, well, pretty outrageous. Usually I look for street parking uptown in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s on the way east side of Manhattan and the upper 70’s to the 90’s on the west side by Riverside Drive but my inspection sticker had expired and I didn’t want to risk getting a ticket by NYC’s ever vigilant parking enforcement patrol. Out of desperation and good sense I typed a search engine query ‘cheap parking midtown’. Knowing that I would at first come up with a whole bunch of useless commercial links by companies that have probably practiced a whole lot of search engine optimization techniques, I continued on my quest for cheap parking in Manhattan. I clicked on a fairly promising link http://nyc.bestparking.com.
It turns out that you can print a rate guarantee for the rate you select at the time of day you are going to park in NYC. It’s a pretty interactive website allowing you to find parking rates for monthly or daily parking, by neighborhood, cross street, attraction, or address. You then can select the time of day to park. So far it’s worked really well for finding cheap parking in Manhattan.
The first time I used the website I selected east 50’s and came up with a garage between 58th and 59th streets and between 2nd and 3rd avenues for only $11 which included tax. That would have given me about 12 hours of parking which was perfect for me. What a great rat Not too far from where I needed to be – the ultimate goal met for those with cheap parking in Manhattan on their mind.
Whoa! One big problem! There was an incredible traffic jam on the 59th Street Bridge. There was no way I was going to get to that garage and still be on time to use my cheap parking in Manhattan advantage. I had no ‘plan B’. Traffic of course, was bad on all roads that led to the Queensboro Bridge so in order not to be late I pulled into a garage that ultimately charged $55 for the 8 hours I was there. Sometimes that’s the price you have to pay when all else fails. It’s like sometimes you just can’t find a space on the street when you actually need or want one forcing you to park in a garage anyway. I always anticipate that aspect of parking in New York City by having enough time and money before driving in which may defeat finding cheap parking in Manhattan, but what they hey, life is adventure after all.