Best NYC Neighborhoods To Own a Car for Renters

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Got wheels? You’re not alone. Nearly 45% of New York City households own a car – and 24% of Manhattanites. But since Covid-19, interest in the best places to live in NYC with a car has skyrocketed. “Parking was always in demand, but lately, I see it come up often during showings,” says Senad Ahmetovic, licensed associate real estate broker for Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales. “People feel the need for more mobility. They don’t want to rely on public transportation.”

Unlike housing costs, renting a parking spot is extra pricey right now, says Jonathan J. Miller, President and CEO of Real Estate appraising firm Miller Samuel Inc. “In the current market, access to private parking has an outsized premium which I suspect will ease as the worst of the pandemic passes.” The average monthly reservation cost across New York to reserve parking is $384. 

To find the best places to live in NYC with a car, we dug deep and checked stats on SpotHero, an online parking service, to find the most parking facilities. Are you looking for convenient street parking? That can be tougher than finding a rent-controlled apartment. But then again, you never know when you will get lucky!

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Midtown, Manhattan: 219 Parking Facilities & Reasonable Rents

The skyline in Midtown, Manhattan, a neighborhood known for its many parking garages. (From a listing: 400 Fifth Avenue #37G)

It’s probably no surprise that Midtown, Manhattan is one of the best places to live in NYC with a car. After all, it’s full of office buildings, theaters, and restaurants where commuters and tourists need to park their wheels. And it’s home to the center of it all, Times Square.

  • Amenities for car-owners. Gas stations can be few and far between in NYC. We counted six in Midtown, plus two car washes, and FYI, Tesla owners, 19 electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Median asking rent for Midtown West: $2,950 as of March 2021.
  • Median asking rent for Midtown East: $2,800 for the same period

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Upper East Side, Manhattan: 159 Parking Facilities & Cheap Rents

The Upper East Side offers affordable rentals and more than 150 parking facilities. (From a listing: 170 East 87th Street #E9F)

Sure, the Upper East Side is famous for museums and restaurants alike. But did you know it’s also one of the best places to live in NYC with a car? It has a ton of parking garages. Plus handy parking proximity to shopping on Madison Avenue.

  • Amenities for car-owners: Three gas stations, no car washes, and 17 electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Median asking rent: $2,400 as of March 2021 – that’s the cheapest on this list!

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Chelsea, Manhattan: 44 Parking Facilities & Cheaper Rent Than Last Year

Chelsea is a popular area known for its art galleries, restaurants, green spaces, and easy access to paid parking. (Getty Images)

Famous for its airy art galleries and The High Line, Chelsea is also excellent for parking. The Lincoln Tunnel lets out in Chelsea. It’s also one of the best places to live in NYC with a car because it has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in town. Translation? More parking spots for you. 

  • Amenities for car-owners: We didn’t spot any gas stations, but you will find two electric vehicle charging stations. Also, there’s one car wash.
  • Median asking rent: $3,594 as of March 2021. That’s a significant drop from last year’s median of $4,195.

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Gramercy Park & Stuy Town: 38 Parking Facilities & Low Rents

If you’re lucky you could score a spot on the street in Gramercy Park. (From a listing at: 332 East 18th Street)

The lush, leafy qualities of the Gramercy Park and Stuy Town neighborhoods don’t mean they’re anti-car. Quite the opposite. This is one of the best neighborhoods in NYC to own a car. (Note the numerous underground parking lots to satisfy so many apartment dwellers in one place).

  • Amenities for car-owners: One gas station and four electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Median asking rent: $2,850 as of March 2021 for Gramercy Park. That’s much lower than last year’s median of $3,798.

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Financial District, Manhattan: 37 Parking Facilities & Beautiful Rentals

The Financial District offers a nice mix of prewar buildings and new construction. (From a listing: 66 Pearl Street)

Money talks. The Financial District is one of the best places to live in NYC with a car, with 37 parking facilities tucked in its historic streets. Note: there is no street parking in the financial district from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another good to know, when it comes to rentals, you will find a broad assortment in both new and old buildings. Many prewar units are newly remodeled.

  • Amenities for car-owners: We didn’t find any gas stations or car washes, but there are eight electric vehicle charging stations ready to give your ride a buzz.
  • Median asking rent: $3,200 as of March 2021.

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn: 32 Parking Facilities & Affordable Rents

It will be challenging to find a free place to park on the street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (From a listing: 400 Bedford Avenue #5A)

If you’re watching your wallet these days, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is one of the best places to live in NYC with a car. Ahtemovic says rates at parking garages in Queens and Brooklyn tend to cost less, at $180 to $300 a month plus tax. That leaves you more money for shopping at the local indie boutiques.

  • Amenities for car-owners: Nine gas stations, a car wash in nearby Greenpoint, and eight electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Median asking rent: $2,800 as of March 2021 — a bargain compared to last year’s media of $3,497!

Happy motoring!

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