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Maps

Mapping Manhattan's Parking Tickets by Type of Car

Who knew Fords got ticketed so much in New York?

For folks who shiver with schadenfreude when a horribly parked Ferrari gets ticketed, here are the 26 places where that happened in 2014 in New York:

This intriguing visualization, with red showing areas of heavier parking infractions, suggests there’s a Ferrari owner in Lenox Hill who must be (a) fuming over a humongous ticket debt, or (b) rich enough not to care. But this representation of scofflawdom is only a sliver of the 24,966 tickets New York issued that fiscal year (August 2013 to June 2014). Thanks to Marko Plahuta, we now can see all of the infractions broken down by model of car.

Plahuta, who’s 47 and lives in Slovenia, has created visualizations for Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Hondas, Lincolns, Audis, Teslas, and many other brands. “I collected the data,” he says, “because I wanted to make a mobile app with a map of past infractions to help drivers avoid parking in locations and at times where they would surely be ticketed.” Click on one of the maps to animate the time of day tickets were issued—this one for BMWs, for instance, reveals a surge of infractions beginning around the morning rush:

Plahuta describes the work that went into this project at Virostatiq, but one important thing to note is they’re not normalized. ”That’s to say, the maps are not colored to global maximum,” he says. “I have a set of normalized images, but because there were so few infractions for some car makes, some maps appear gray with no coloring.” Still, they’re useful for learning what gets ticketed and where. Here are a few examples, beginning with all car makes. Hot spots pop up Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and the Upper East Side:

With 3,198 infractions, Ford won for most-ticketed car of fiscal ‘14:

Porsche drivers incurred 297 tickets, many of them in Chelsea—maybe because the neighborhood has a luxury-auto dealer?

Parking enforcers stalk Subarus fiercely on the Upper West Side:

Lexuses get hit hard around Little Italy:

And tickets issued on Wall Street tend to go to domestic cars like Dodges, Fords, and Chevys, shown here:

About the Author

  • John Metcalfe
    John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.