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A city−based Web site that informs drivers of parking regulations by neighborhood is expanding its operations further into Queens this year, the site’s chief executive officer and founder said.
PrimoSpot.com has parking rules and photos of streets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and several Queens neighborhoods, including Astoria, Long Island City, Elmhurst, Woodside and parts of Maspeth.
This year, the site will begin moving east toward Flushing Meadows Corona Park, adding Jackson Heights, Middle Village, Ridgewood and several other communities to its repertoire, Chief Executive Officer Michael Hill said.
“We hope the site cuts down on parking tickets and helps with the environment,” he said. “The idea is to cut down on the number of people circling the block and looking for parking. We hope it provides a green solution.”
Astoria and Jackson Heights are two of the most requested borough neighborhoods for parking rules, he said. PrimoSpot will begin adding one new Queens neighborhood per month this year.
The Manhattan−based site, founded in 2007, was originally planned in the style of Wikipedia, with users providing information about parking regulations in city neighborhoods. But for the sake of accuracy, PrimoSpot.com put together its own data and went online last year.
The site’s services include details about alternate street parking, hours and rates at parking garages, information on where borough residents cannot park, bicycle rack locations, parking spots that are about to become legal and, for a one−time $1.99 fee, an option to receive iPhone information.
Hill said the site’s future endeavors include a further expansion into Queens as well as providing information not only where not to park in the borough, but also where to park.
“We hope to be able to tell people in real−time where parking spots are available,” he said. “We’re half−way where we need to be to make it a reality.”
But the site’s expansion toward Long Island will also depend on how much demand it gets from the borough’s northeast communities, Hill said.
The site will expand its coverage areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn as it prepares to provide information on Boston in the near future.
Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e−mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718−229−0300, Ext. 156.
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