Best spots for a van dweller in NYC? (1 Viewer)


Dec 19, 2018
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I’ve been wanting to explore New York City for so so long, but am at a complete loss as to where to start. I normally have a knack for finding decent camp spots but that’s not the case here. I have to keep so on-the-move in NYC just to find a place where I’m allowed to be. It’s taking up most of my time, and I’m wondering if there are any tried and true areas in manhattan/Brooklyn where I can camp/leave my car so I can actually do some adventuring.

Any recommendations for areas that have more artists than yuppie leeches or snooty rich people would be much appreciated as well.

Maybe even a few tips as to where I can find a good punk house show? 🖤
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Apr 13, 2017
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Without a doubt park along the East side of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Go to Grand Army Plaza and park maybe 1 km south past the Brooklyn Public Library.

I lived there for 6 months. You'll see a lot of van dwellers there too.

* Your backyard is one of the biggest parks in NYC.
* There's nothing along this road, so it clears out at night. Parking is trivial at night.
* Satisfying Alternate Side Parking means turning your car on for 1 minute--just to move it to the other side of the road a few times per week. No need to hunt for parking. If you have an electric/hybrid vehicle, you probably don't even need to burn fuel.
* The library is <1 km away
* If the library is closed, there's one of those pay-to-enter, self-cleaning bathrooms across the street on the way to the library
* If the above bathroom is out-of-order, there usually a porta potty in the park somewhere
* In 6 months, I was never hassled by the pigs here. That said, I was pretty low-key in a Prius. Still, I'd been hassled twice by pigs in other parts of NYC.

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House shows are rare these days but they do pop up from time to time. The punk scene in NYC is actually still pretty strong, it's just a bit isolated and roving at the moment. There's definitely a lack of DIY spaces right now but there's still places to see good bands. In Brooklyn, El Cortez, Alphaville, and Bazaar are all decent spots. Also checkout Club A (@club_a_nyc) • Instagram photos and videos - sometime, they do a lot of good community work and are definitely connected to the scene. Thru them you'd probably be able to find out about any house shows, if they're going on. I'd also recommend this record shop Rebel Rouser (867 Broadway), lotsa punk records--haven't been in awhile but it was great and I'm sure it still is. Its kind of in an alley with other punk spots (or was, anyway, but I know its still open). In Manhattan, checkout the Morus museum (155 Ave C) and Tompkins Square Park, there's usually shows every few weekends. Security Check Required - Hope you find some good spots/shows, if you want any band recommendations shoot me a message sometime!

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