I'm going to rent an apartment in Brooklyn, in the Clinton Hill Neighborhood. Apparently buildings don't have parking spaces inside them, unlike where I live (Ecuador). Instead, people park their cars on the streets.

Besides parking regulations specified in the signs on the street, is this legal? Is it safe? Is it possible (or advisable) to leave your car overnight parked on the street?

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    How long are you renting for?
    – Gayot Fow
    Apr 24, 2015 at 20:20
  • Just for 3 days
    – jpatiaga
    Apr 25, 2015 at 0:32

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I'm not familiar with regulations and expectations in Clinton Hill, but in general for Brooklyn:

Is this legal?

Yes, and it turns out, necessary.

Is it safe?

Different neighborhoods have different levels of safety, and I'm not sure how to compare to where you live in Ecuador, but most people who own a vehicle in a residential neighborhood do it.

Is it possible (or advisable) to leave your car overnight parked on the street?

There is very little parking in the residential neighborhoods, so almost all of the residents leave their cars parked in the streets over night, as there is no alternative.

On thing you should be aware of is alternate side of the street parking rules. These rules are in place to allow for street cleaning and the specifics will be posted on signs in your neighborhood. The general rule is that on a specific day of the week for a specific time window, no parking is allowed on one side of the street. You may not get caught, but if the street sweeper shows up and your car is parked on that side, you will get a ticket and possibly towed.

As an example, for your street maybe Tuesdays from 8-12 you can not park on the left side and Wednesday from 12-4 you can not park on the right. This has become a way of life in these neighborhoods and if you are around at the start or end times you will often see people watching for an open spot so the can move as soon as the time changes.


The regulations are the same throughout New York City (for all 5 boroughs).

You can look up the regulations for parking on the NYC DOT site which will give you detailed regulations block by block.

Or you can look up complete list (if your head won't spin) again on the New Your City's Department of Transportation site.

But mostly you should look at the signs that are usually posted at the street corners or any place where regulation changes.

As far as safety is concerned. Most places in New York the streets are OK to park on the only thing that most people do is fold the mirrors if it is possible. Since they and the bumpers usually become the first casualties of the street parking.

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