• 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.

     

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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.

  • Top Things to Do After Moving to New York City

    Any long-distance move can bring a little culture shock. After moving to New York City, it may take a while to feel adjusted. It helps to make friends with your new neighbors and co-workers. If you feel lost about the way things are done in the Big Apple, they can steer you in the right direction.

     

    Sign up for monthly parking.

    Parking can be a hassle in the city, and street parking can place your vehicle at risk of significant damage. Take the stress out of parking and sign up for a monthly parking plan instead. Look for a company that maintains clean, safe, and secure facilities, with competitive monthly rates.

     

    Buy some good shoes and an umbrella.

    Even if you’re bringing your car to New York City, you should be prepared to do a lot of walking. New York is a city on the move, and its residents and visitors walk pretty much everywhere. Invest in a good pair of comfortable walking shoes that look stylish enough to wear to work or out to dinner. Note that New Yorkers tend to walk pretty fast, so be ready to keep up with the flow of traffic. If you need to stop for a minute to answer your cellphone, step to the side. You should also buy an umbrella if you don’t already have one. NYC gets plenty of rain, and you’ll get soaked if you get caught in a sudden downpour walking from the parking garage to your apartment.

     

    Step out of your comfort zone.

    New York City has a whole lot to offer. Even after you’ve lived there for years, you’ll still find something new to experience every day. Don’t be shy about stepping out of your comfort zone. Not a fan of orchestral music? Go see a show anyway. You might surprise yourself by loving it. Try different cuisines in different neighborhoods. Take advantage of your wonderful new city and become a true New Yorker.

     

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  • Take a Culinary Tour of Chinatown

    Chinatown, located in lower Manhattan, has a lot to offer residents and visitors. Tourists first began flocking to Chinatown during the early 20th century, mainly in search of exotic new cuisine to sample. You can carry on this tradition by planning your own culinary tour. If you’re driving there, you can find convenient parking on Division Street.

     

    Nom Wah

    Nom Wah is one of the oldest places to eat in Chinatown, and the first to serve dim sum. The restaurant has undergone a modern transformation, while maintaining its authentic appeal. Today, each dim sum dish is cooked to order. The house special is pan-fried dumplings. You should also try the eggplant stuffed with shrimp.

     

    Cheung Fun Noodle Cart

    A culinary tour wouldn’t be complete without a world-class street food vendor. You’ll find this noodle cart on the north side of Grand Street. These dim sum noodles are steamed flat, then folded and topped with delicious sauces and other condiments.

     

    Bassanova Ramen

    If you haven’t had your fill of noodles yet, head over to Bassanova Ramen on Mott Street. This restaurant specializes in creative dishes for adventurous eaters.  Try the black pepper tonkotsu or the spicy green curry ramen. Note that this restaurant is cash-only.

     

    Sing Kee

    Located on Bowery Street, Sing Kee specializes in classic Cantonese dishes, particularly fresh seafood. Sample the flash-fried flounder and try the garlicky crab on noodles. Other good choices include the barbecue char siu and crispy chicken.

     

    Peking Duck House

    If you’re in the mood for a special dinner for two, the Peking Duck House is a must-try. You’ll find it on Mott Street. Its signature dish, the Peking duck dinner, is brought on a cart directly to your table and carved while you watch. If you still have room left for dessert, try the delicious fried banana with walnuts.

     

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  • Exiting a Parking Spot Safely

    Exiting a parking spot is something that will become second nature to you as you gain more experience behind the wheel. But if you’re a new driver, you can benefit from the tips outlined in this video. This driving instructor explains how to exit a parking spot safely regardless of whether you pulled into it or backed into it.

    You’ll also get some helpful hints about exiting a parallel parking spot safely. Many driving students back up as far as they can, then put their turn signal on and turn the steering wheel right away. They often forget to switch from “reverse” to “forward.” Instead, shift your car out of reverse as soon as you’re done backing up.

     

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  • Planning Your Trip to See the Radio City Rockettes

    It’s a New York City tradition to see the Radio City Rockettes during the winter holidays. The Christmas show is fun for all ages. Since the Rockettes are such a popular attraction, you should purchase your tickets now if you haven’t already. Tickets are available to purchase directly from the Rockettes’ website.

    Plan to arrive one hour earlier than the start time of your show. You’ll need some time to go through security and locate your seats. The Radio City Music Hall requests that attendees leave extra packages and bags at home. If you have extra time before the show after getting through security, you can head to the First Mezzanine or Grand Lounge levels to take a photo with one of the Rockettes!

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  • Manhattan Museums That You Can’t Miss

    There are endless museums and galleries to explore across all the boroughs of NYC, and Manhattan is home to some of the world’s best and most famous museums. With parking reservations available from Champion Parking, you don’t have to miss any of the amazing artwork on display because you can’t find a place to leave your car. Here are some of the must-see museum destinations in Manhattan.

     

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often simply called the Met, is the biggest museum in the Western World. Since opening in 1872, it has featured art from around the globe as part of both its permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. The Cloisters, where you can visit reconstructed medieval monasteries, it also part of the Met. You could spend a full day exploring the Met and still not see every piece, which is why people visit again and again.

     

    Museum of Modern Art

    MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art, is where you should go to see everything from Picasso and Van Gogh to video game exhibitions. It also hosts international film series and has a comprehensive program of cultural events that are open to the community. For modern art lovers, there is no better collection in the world, and the museum continues to push boundaries in the arts and challenge notions of what exactly is art and is not.

     

    Whitney Museum

    The Whitney Museum of American Art—the Whitney—is located in Chelsea near High Line Park. It is home to two centuries worth of American contemporary art. It was founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to display her work and now houses sculptures, painting, and performance art.

     

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  • Planning a Visit to Wall Street

    Wall Street is situated in New York’s Financial District and is a popular destination for tourists. Most people who go want to see the New York Stock Exchange, and while you can’t actually go into the building, there are still plenty of reasons to head to Wall Street and explore the area. Fortunately Champion Parking makes visiting Wall Street convenient with pre-reserved parking options nearby.

     

    Take in the Stock Exchange Building

    After 9/11, which occurred blocks away from the Stock Exchange, the building was closed to public tours for security purposes, however, many people enjoy seeing the building itself. It is located on the corner of Wall and Broad Streets and features six Corinthian columns made of marble plus a sculpture that reads “Integrity Protecting the Works of Man.” Usually, the American flag hangs in the entrance to the building. The opening bell sounds at 9 AM and the closing bell is at 4 PM.

     

    Visit the Local Sites

    When you’re in the Wall Street area, you can get a more detailed look at what happens on Wall Street by visiting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or the Museum of American Finance. You can also pose for a picture by the famous Bull of Wall Street and visit Federal Hall City Hall Park, and the Woolworth Building. Wall Street is a great base for a trip to the Statue of Liberty, as you can get a ferry from nearby Battery Park.

     

    Arrange Parking in Advance

    The combination of people working on Wall Street with tourists visiting the area means parking is in high demand. If you will be driving, reserve a parking space before you get there, so you don’t have to waste time fighting for a spot.

     

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