There is a parking spot in Manhattan that is governed by no traffic rules whatsover. None.
No alternate side parking. No muni-meters. No commercial parking only. No street cleaning, no no standing, no no nothing.
And yet, no one parks there... ever.
Its a completely free, completely empty spot on one of the most traversed roads in the whole city--the most valuable secret in all of NYC.
I know, because I have seen it with my own eyes. I have even parked there. Before yesterday, it was just for a few hours at off times here and there.
Now, it has passed the ultimate test. I had a breakfast meeting in midtown at 7:30, so I drove in and parked around 7. It was a 10-12 minute walk to where I was. I went to work, met someone for dinner, then went to teach my class at 8.
I didn't get back to my secret spot until 10PM.
Still there. No tickets.
Fifteen hours of undisturbed, unticketed, completely free parking, 10 minutes from midtown.
I kid you not, my friends. There is a spot the Department of Transportation has forgotten... has overlooked. It is 20 feet from a hydrant and down the block from a no parking anytime zone.... but this spot is completely free of any legal jurisdiction whatsoever.
I dare not park their everyday, for fear of giving away its very existance to the proper authorities, but I will definitely use it at my leisure for late nights in the city where I know I won't want to hike home on the subway at 11 or 12.
Forget great sushi. Forget great apartment finds. Forget midnight hookups on C/L.
I have found the Holy Grail of living in New York City. Parking. Free. Anytime. No limits.