During the Coronavirus shut down of 2020, White Plains installed some 10 free spots in Business District (BD) for pick up. Many stores/malls are offering curbside pick ups inside parking lots & offering free parking on street with validation numbers for parking app. City might have more permits for City lots due to people who have them aren’t using them. But, after emergency the former permit holders will be able to get those permits back (often waiting lists for permits).
Parking is a challenge everywhere, but very much problematic for those in White Plains (WP). No overnight parking is allowed on the streets between 2 and 6 am. Most meters require payment (M-Sat) start at 9am but the cut off in the evening varying by location. Some go till midnight.
Parking on many WP streets in the busiest areas are metered & many streets have limited parking or none at all. WP has numerous metered and/or permit parking lots that require a fee. Some monthly permits require residency. See the City’s website for information at cityofwhiteplains.com under City Department section on Parking & Traffic (cityofwhiteplains.com/97/parking-traffic).
WP provides an app for paying parking fees with phone (parkwhite plains.com). Residents can obtain parking permit at some garages at night & weekends for $75 a year. A pre paid cash key is available for meters requiring coins. Some areas around WP offer 15 min. free parking on Mamaroneck Ave (like at Iron Tomato) & at WP Public Library. WP offers free weekend parking at N WP Train Station. On Sundays & certain holidays (Thanksgiving, Dec 25, Jan 1, Memorial Day, Labor Day; July 4) street parking is free & there are no time limits. Parking in delivery areas is allowed but not drop off areas. Make sure to read the meter to be sure.
There are private parking lots & garages available outside of the City’s lots through websites/ apps to help locate parking & some allowing reservations for a space. Price comparisons are given. Inrix parkme (parkme.com); Spothero (spothero.com) & Propark.com are some. One lot of Propark on Paulding Av next to Crown Hotel lot has fees posted at entrance and overnight is $10.
There are restaurants, stores & other businesses that offer parking for their customers or clients for free and others offer parking credit at pay lots: Bloomingdale’s, Stop & Shop, The Container Store, Thomsoms Art Supply, Sam’s of Gedney Way, WP Diner, TD Bank, Pedigree Ski Shop, CVS (at 325 and 452 Mamaroneck Ave & N Broadway), WP Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Westchester Burgers, New Deal Deli as well as stores along Mamaroneck Ave behind Saxon Pharmacy (460) & WP Bakery and UPS Store (366) where the lot is also used by CVS. Rosedale shops (Lombardi’s, K&S Cleaners, Chase, Deli and Pharmacy) offer free parking.
U.S. Post Offices at Fisher Ave & Gedney PO offer parking. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, NY Presbyterian Hospital, as well as medical offices at former St. Agnes Hospital grounds offer free parking for patients.
Some parks offer parking (Liberty, Gardella (at Church St School but not during school hours), Gillie, Purdy House, Baldwin, Battle Hill and Delfino Park) and schools have visitor parking on their campuses. Parking during non-school hours is available especially to use ball fields, tennis courts & parks near-by. County parks offer free parking (Maple Moore Golf Course, Silver Lake Preserve & Saxon Woods).
NY State Dept. of Labor has parking at 120 Bloomingdale Rd (parking temporarily is at Bloomingdale’s lot during construction). Ballard-Dullard & Mahon, Lynn & Hartnett Funeral Homes have parking lots. YWCA on N St, & Westchester Hills Golf Club offer parking. Garden Centers such as Ridgeway, Gedney & Amodio’s offer parking. Many religious centers offer parking for their congregants throughout the City.
Westchester County has parking for employees and jurists at Michaelian Building & Court House. Federal Court has an employee parking lot. There is a fee at County Center lot but there are times where one does not get charged.
Parking credit is offered by Shoprite, Whole Foods, Westchester Road Runner & Showcase Movie Theater when purchasing drinks & snacks. I’m sure there are others but not aware of them. See WP BID for others at wpbid.com.
Valet parking is offered at some locations in the city (City Center (on Mamaroneck Ave at certain hours with fees), The Westchester on Paulding, Cambria Hotel & White Plains Hospital).
The Westchester has free 30 min parking on Paulding Ave. by entrance (Express parking). This area has become very full.
There are very few handicap parking spaces on streets with meters and none where there are no meters. Most spots are in large multi-level garages, metered lots owned by City and private store parking lots. Fees are required unless you have a special permit (through county). Be aware that many handicapped spaces are designed for vans and for people who truly need more room exiting and getting in vehicles. Removal permits should be displayed but not while driving. Fines for taking a spot from those with the most need go from $125 and up.
City is very aggressive enforcing it’s parking regulations but there are places where enforcement is less often at night & on weekends. Many park in lots that they are not customers to avoid fees. One place is Stop & Shop & non-metered streets close to malls. Holidays not allowing free parking & weekends have even less monitoring.
Police ticket overnight (after 2am) while out on patrol and parking authority tickets during day and evening. They use electronic license readers (not chalk). Main St near City Center is monitored week days very aggressively. Tickets can be $25 on the street but more for parking in an illegal area like a fire zone ($50). Some can get ticketed again if you move to different part of the same street (or block) and people can get repeated tickets. City does use booting for outstanding repeat offenders.
Best is to feed the meters and follow instructions for the place you park. Google a location to see on street parking regulations for a place you are headed for.