Some signs at the Green P lots near the Manhattan Bridge have motorists’ eyes wandering the highway for what they think is free parking, but it’s not. They have to pay $10 a day to drive through.
Thanks to a New York City order early this summer, drivers will only be allowed to stop and park for two hours at all of the lots, which are being redeveloped and are expected to open in 2020. Those wanting to stay in them overnight, or even drop off or pick up mail there, need a decal, which can be purchased for $10.
“We had a directive from higher-ups in charge of issuing the [visit and stay license], to reduce the free parking,” Linda Dobrin, the director of public relations for the commercial real estate trust that owns the lots, said in an interview.
Dobrin said that the move is a way of controlling down time at the lots while the area is being redeveloped. She also said that sales at the spaces have been running about 10 percent higher in September compared to August, which isn’t a great sign for people who want to use the spaces to shop.