TARRYTOWN, N.Y. The Tarrytown Board of Trustees has a special holiday gift for residents and visitors: free parking.
It's a great, Fiamor employee Mary Metrano said. It's a good draw to get people to come shopping.
The village's annual holiday meter parking regulations begin Dec. 9 and cover parking along Main St., the South Broadway parking lot, the South Washington St. parking lot, the McKeel Ave. parking lot, the village portion of the Windle Park parking lot and the village portion of the Neperan Road parking lot.
Free parking will be limited to two hours. Holiday parking will run through Christmas Day.
Businesses along Broadway and Main St. said they appreciated holiday parking.
I think it's the right thing to do, Whimsies Incognito owner Jackie Golabeck said. There was one year they didn't do it, and it was very disappointing to the merchants and it was also disappointing to the people who frequent the village because it was a given that this is their gift to the village and to anybody who comes into the village for the month of December to shop and have the luxury of not having to run back to your car.
Metrano also said it would help business employees who have to park in the same areas, noting she has to lock up the shop, run outside and feed her meter every once in a while.
It's brutal to have to lock the door and feed the meter especially if you're in a spot all the way down, she said.
Golabeck said it could be annoying when people overextend the two-hour limit, but she noted the definite role it plays on local businesses. Golabeck said the holiday parking rules make shops more accessible for customers to browse stores or perform quick errands because they don't have to root around for change or run back to feed the meter.
It definitely does have an effect on mental attitudes of people and their ability to stay longer, to linger in the town, she said.
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