The parking in NYC rivals the concept of LA traffic. There are more parking signs than LA, expensive parking garages ($9 a half hour), and loophole zones of no standing or 3 hours for you and 2 for you.
If you opt out of garages then you can spend forever finding parking. This is all provided that the garage is even open. Along with this, hydrants are every 3 meters and people can't always drive while you're parking.
Lastly, the towing fees are horrendous on top of the ticket fee but only if it's cash and not credit card. NYC get it together, do smarter tasks with your time, money and police force.