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Car Owners Say It’s ‘Virtually Impossible’ to Find Street Parking in New York City

A spike in car ownership, dining sheds and the comeback of alternate-side parking are making it tougher than ever to find spaces.

As car ownership in New York City surges, parking spaces dwindle. 

As car ownership in New York City surges, parking spaces dwindle. 

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Now more than ever, New York City car owners watching “Seinfeld” on Netflix can relate to George Costanza’s apoplectic rage over parking spots.

As with so much else, the pandemic is to blame for supercharging a problem that was painful even three decades ago during the “Seinfeld” heyday. With some New Yorkers shunning the subway in the wake of the Covid outbreak, one measure of car ownership in the city surged 224% in 2021.