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So I'll be visiting friends for a long weekend in NYC next month, and I wanted to hear from you guys with any experience parking in the city. Do NYPD traffic enforcers ticket strictly or can it be lax? My buddy lives on East 20th Street, and from what I can see on google maps, it seems like if ever there was a section of NYC to park a bike on, that would be it.

I just don't want to ride to NYC to try and save money on a train ticket only to find out that I've spent three times that much paying off tickets and getting my bike out of impound.
 

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lol

The bike will be gone in a day.
Seriously though, it has been about 17 years since I lived there, but they are not lax about parking. And there is no shortage of mopes who would enjoy messing with your out-of-state plated bike. Spend the money on a secure garage, you will not regret it.

Did you ever smell hobo pee on your seat in the morning? Doesn't smell like victory, I can assure you.
 

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One of my friends repairs church organs in that part of the world. When he goes to NYC, his wife stays in the car, usually circling the block. Parking is impossible these days.
 

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Did you ever smell hobo pee on your seat in the morning? Doesn't smell like victory, I can assure you.


In the words of Larry the Cable Guy: "That right there is funny I don't care who you are."
 

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take the train in. you'll have the piece of mind that your bike is home safe and sound. i had an issue once with my truck, and thankfully Sadee (my doggy ) was in the cab to protect my property. i found a blood soaked piece of shirt on the ground outside of my truck with my dog sitting in the driver seat barking (driver door was open). she wasn't hungry after that. i was in the basement of a recording studio accross town from e20th st.
 

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You are better off parking in a lot outside of the city limits and using public transportation. NYC is not safe to ride in and you will get a ticket if you breath the wrong way. Forget about a parking lot, unless you are very wealthy.
 

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So I'll be visiting friends for a long weekend in NYC next month, and I wanted to hear from you guys with any experience parking in the city. Do NYPD traffic enforcers ticket strictly or can it be lax? My buddy lives on East 20th Street, and from what I can see on google maps, it seems like if ever there was a section of NYC to park a bike on, that would be it.

I just don't want to ride to NYC to try and save money on a train ticket only to find out that I've spent three times that much paying off tickets and getting my bike out of impound.
NYC can be a fun and rewarding city to ride in. Many of us do it year round. Post your question here and many will give you specific details on where to park.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125065
 

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Parking on 20th Street

Living in NYC I can certainly back up FlyNavy's comments. NYC is a very fun and rewarding place to ride.
As for parking on the street. Get a cover and a lock. You should be okay. If you are still concerned about the bike being on the street parking lots will charge you roughly $30-50 a night. Don't be afraid to bargin on the price. Also, check out this site from ICON Parking
http://www.iconparking.com/ExpressParking.asp?reloaded=true
It will give you some additional information about lots in the city and expected prices. Also you can reserve a spot and guarantee a price.
Feel free to PM if you have any other questions about NYC and motorbiking.
If you are staying over a Tuesday night...check out The Ear.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223960&page=76

mike.
 
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