Find free or low-cost parking in New York City by using Primo Spot, an app for smartphones that helps find free and zero restriction spots, or Roadify, a social networking service based in New York City that helps users find free on-street parking. ParkMe and BestParking are two other apps that can also help find cheap or on-street parking options.
The Primo Spot app costs about $3 to download as of 2016. The app provides information on parking throughout the entire city, including lists of local garages and their prices. Primo Spot provides the lowest price available in the area for parking. To find free parking with zero restrictions, meaning parking with no meters, black-out days or alternate side parking rules, type in seven days as the required length of time needed to park in the search box in the app. On the map that appears, look for the green markers, which indicate free parking, by unchecking all the yellow, red and black markers.
Roadify users receive a text or a message via the Roadify app of a list of people in New York City opening up their parking spots. Roadify matches between 2,000 and 3,000 people leaving their parking spot with people looking for a parking spot. The usefulness of Roadify and its ability to get a user a parking spot near his location depends on the time of day and the part of New York City where the user is looking for parking.
ParkMe and BestParking both search for availability in local lots and garages, with BestParking searching for the cheapest option available. ParkMe also searches for on-street parking availability.