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This Neighborhood Got the Most Parking Tickets in 2015

By  John Santore and Nicole Levy | January 7, 2016 10:46am 

 A study from RentHop show the neighborhoods where the most parking tickets were issued in 2015.
A study from RentHop show the neighborhoods where the most parking tickets were issued in 2015.
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Drivers parking on the Upper East Side were the most likely to be ticketed in fiscal year 2015, a new study from apartment rental website RentHop has found.

A total of 598,351 parking violations were issued in that neighborhood from August 2014 to July 2015.

The findings of the RentHop study published Tuesday were based on an analysis of publicly available city data, CEO Lee Lin said.

Seven of the most ticketed neighborhoods are in Manhattan, according to the study, with the top 10 ranked as follows:

► 1. Upper East Side - 598,351 tickets, or almost 6 percent of 10,025,748 tickets issued in the second half of 2014 and the first half of 2015

► 2. Midtown North - 427,510 tickets

► 3. Times Square - 409,064 tickets

► 4. and 5. (tied) - TriBeCa/Soho and Astoria/Steinway - 320,963 tickets

► 6.  Flatiron/Stuy Town - 305,250 tickets

► 7. Midtown East - 268,901 tickets

► 8. Flushing/LaGuardia - 251,972 tickets

► 9. Upper West Side - 231,000 tickets

► 10. Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo - 225,118 tickets

The number of parking tickets issued in each neighborhood is pictured in the interactive map below.

Credit: RentHop

Lin said the data confirms that the city enforces its five minute grace period rule, granting those in alternate side or Muni meter parking zones five minutes after their parking time has expired before a ticket is issued. The proof, he said, was a spike in tickets issued six minutes after the top of the hour.

The CEO suggested that some of the areas that had the most tickets, like the Upper East Side, have more unmetered, residential street parking, making it more likely drivers will be unaware of parking rules.

As for particular addresses that collected the most tickets, 2655 Richmond Ave., near the Staten Island Mall, won that distinction, with 4,668 tickets. Other spots that racked up parking tickets from the NYPD were those near the MetroTech Center and the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York Presbyterian Hospital employee housing in Manhattan and North Shore LIJ Medical Group in Queens. 

Neighborhoods that contributed the least to the Department of Finance's coffers in fiscal year 2015 include the Lower East Side and Greenpoint, with one and 1.1 percent, respectively, of total tickets issued.

And if you wondered where the least considerate drivers were most likely to park in the city, that would be Staten Island's West Shore, where the city issued the most violations for illegally parking in a spot reserved for handicapped, according to RentHop's research.