• Navigating a Roundabout

    Roundabouts can seem intimidating to drivers who have never navigated one before. But after your first time, you’ll be circling the intersection like a pro. Watch this video to hear about best practices in roundabout navigation.

    You’ll learn that you should reduce your speed to about 15 to 20 miles per hour as you approach the roundabout. Yield right of way to vehicles already circling the intersection, and exit at your turn. Roundabouts improve the flow of traffic, reduce fuel consumption, and significantly reduce the risk of intersection-related accidents.

     

    After successfully navigating the streets of New York, you can find safe and affordable parking spots at a Champion Parking garage. Call (212) 308-5959 or make an online reservation for a parking garage in NYC.

  • Spotlight on The Met Cloisters

    Three iconic locations in New York City are home to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of which is The Met Cloisters. You’ll find it on Margaret Corbin Drive in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan. The Met Cloisters brings together more than 2,000 incredible works of art, architecture, and sculpture that embody medieval Europe.

     

    Throughout the years, The Met Cloisters has benefitted from the philanthropy of some notable figures, including John D. Rockefeller, who donated the museum site in 1930. There are four cloisters in this clustering of buildings. The Cuxa, Saint-Guilhelm, Bonnefont, and Trie cloisters were originally built in Europe. After being purchased by an American sculptor, the cloisters were dismantled and moved to New York during the 1930s. John D. Rockefeller purchased the cloisters and donated them to The Met. Today, modern New Yorkers and visitors can view the cloisters and their fantastic artwork seven days per week. The general admission ticket will grant access to all three Met sites for three consecutive days.

     

    You’ll find convenient parking garages throughout NYC from industry leader, Champion Parking. Just call (212) 308-5959 to request information about a parking garage near your destination.

  • Keeping Your Car Safe in NYC

    Scratches and dents can happen to any car in any city, but vehicles are definitely at a higher risk of sustaining damage in major cities like New York. Accidents are more likely to happen in densely trafficked areas too, and car break-ins and theft are always concerning. But by taking a few precautions, such as by parking in safe, well-lit areas, you can minimize the risks.

     

    Know the risks of street parking.

    Street parking is particularly hazardous in major metropolitan areas. The traffic can make it difficult to take the time needed to safely parallel park your car. If you rush, you may drive over the curb or bump into another vehicle. There’s also a risk of paint scratches and dents caused by the carelessness of passersby. The simple act of opening the car door can also be hazardous if there are lots of vehicular or bicycle traffic on the road.

     

    Purchase a monthly parking plan.

    The best way to protect your car in the city is to sign up for a monthly parking plan at a garage near your home. Look for a safe, well-lit parking garage. A garage will also minimize your car’s exposure to road salt during the winter, which will protect it from rusting.

     

    Consider upgrading to a smaller car.

    Usually, a vehicular upgrade involves switching from a sedan to an SUV. But in the city, bigger doesn’t always mean better. If you currently drive a large vehicle, consider trading it in for a smaller ride. It will be a little easier to maneuver around crowded city streets, and when you park, there will be more space between your car and the vehicles near you.

     

    Use public transportation occasionally.

    New York City is bursting with public transportation options. Even if you enjoy driving your own car in the city, consider taking the subway or a bus if you’re headed to a destination without a safe parking garage nearby. You’ll save miles on your car too, and help it last longer.

     

    You can protect your car and save money when you purchase a monthly parking plan through Champion Parking. Our parking lots and garages are conveniently located all over the area, and they are always well-lit to maximize your safety. To find a NYC parking garage near your apartment, call (212) 308-5959 or use our online location finder.

  • Times Square: What to Know and What to Do

    A trip to Times Square should be on everyone’s bucket list. Tens of millions of people go to this iconic location every year. Historic attractions, entertainment venues, shops, and fine dining are all amenities people have come to love about Times Square. If you’re driving there, you can find an affordable parking garage on West 46th Street. If you need assistance or have a question while you’re visiting the “Crossroads of the World,” just flag down a Times Square Safety Officer.

     

    What to Know

    Times Square was originally called Longacre Square, but at the dawn of the 20th century, it received its current name. Its borders extend from 40th Street to 53rd Street, between 6th and 8th Avenues. Its territory also encompasses the historic Restaurant Row. Within Times Square, visitors will find about 40 hotels, more than 200 international restaurants, and over 39 theaters. Certain parts of Times Square—between 42th and 47th Streets—are closed to vehicular traffic for the convenience of the pedestrians.

     

    What to See

    Times Square is home to many costumed characters, none of whom are officially licensed or regulated. Feel free to stop to watch the characters in action. If you want to take your picture with one of them, a tip is expected. No visit to Times Square in NYC would be complete without a stop at one of the area’s many entertainment venues. Families love Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, and Discovery Times Square. The area is also home to M&M World and Hershey’s Times Square, which are as sweet as the names suggest.

     

    Where to Eat

    If you didn’t eat your fill at M&M World, there are plenty of world-class restaurants in the area. In fact, you can find nearly any type of food imaginable, including Asian, Italian, Mexican, and American. Whether your taste runs to chai-spiced quinoa breakfast oatmeal or marbled foie gras torchon, you can satisfy your cravings here.

     

    Parking near Times Square can be tricky, but Champion Parking makes it easy with our online reservation system. Just reserve your spot at our parking garages throughout NYC, such as our West 46th Street location. If you need assistance, you can reach a friendly staff member at (212) 308-5959.