parkinggarage.jpgNew York University is reaching out to placate New Yorkers whose parking is disrupted by incoming students by paying to place cars in garages. An annual headache for New York residents is NYU's move-in day, when thousands of students arrive in the city en masse to take up dorm life at one of the school's many residences. Streets are blocked off as parents line up car after car, many pulled onto the curb itself. NY1 quotes a West Village resident who describes the situation as not chaotic, but "a lot of commotion."

People who live between 6th and 7th Aves., north of Houston and south of 14th St., will be reimbursed for 24 hours of private garage parking this Sunday. A receipt from the garage and proof of residency in that area should be brought to the university at 25 West 4th St. for compensation. Office hours dedicated to parking reimbursement at that address are 4pm to 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday, August 28th and 30th, and 4pm to 7pm Wednesday, August 29th. The initiative is an effort to smooth the sometimes strained relationship between NYU and its neighbors. If you live in the eligible area, check out this site to locate parking garages near you. No need to find the cheapest spot, however, since it's on NYU.

(parking garage, by limonada at flickr)