Parking in New York almost always a hassle, but with nearly 3.5 million people on the streets to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you’ll want to save a spot in advance.
About 27 percent of garages don’t take credit cards, and they can raise rates for peak times like before the big parade.
Here are some parking apps that can help with finding parking, and even reserve spots. Different apps might partner with different companies and offer varying discounts.
SpotHero partners with 250 locations in New York City and allows payment through the app, even for some garages that don’t take credit cards. Users can reserve parking spots in advance to avoid paying peak fees. The parking app is available for iOS and Android.
Pango helps find on-street parking, and lets users pay through their phones. It’s available for iOS, Blackberry, and Android.
ParkMe lets users reserve on-street parking spots with a map showing the different rates. Users can pay with their phones and receive discounts. (It also includes a lot of information on parking tickets.)
The parking app is available for iOS and Android.
BestParking mostly focuses on off-airport parking lots, but also on-street parking in the city. It’s available for iOS, Blackberry, and Android.
Parking Panda lets users reserve spots in garages and private parking spaces, which means people can rent out their own driveways through the app as well. The parking app is available for iOS and Android.
Be sure to check out the city’s parking regulations as well.