Parking meters in Manhattan, called Muni Meters, cover groups of parking spaces on a street or parking lot rather than separate meters at each spot. The system requires payment by mobile app, or pay and display where the meters dispense receipts after payment indicating the parking time, which must be displayed on the dashboard of the parked car.
If a Manhattan parking meter is broken or out of service, you are expected to pay by app or find a functioning parking meter on the same block or the next block, or in the same parking lot to purchase a parking receipt. If all parking meters on the block, on the next block, or in the parking field are all broken or missing, New York City law allows you to park for the maximum amount of time posted for that metered area. In such circumstances you should document the date, time, and meter numbers in the event of a dispute.