Clearly, New York City's building developments are becoming increasingly dense and dynamic. Developers are circling to pounce on low-rise buildings, which are often leveled to be reborn vertically to maximize financial returns. In this environment, it is odd that the City hasn't been faster to embrace automated parking systems to satisfy code mandated parking requirements. Personally, I've seen them in action in Osaka [for cars and bikes], and more recently, in Tel Aviv, where it has become common to retrofit parking in new excavations beneath existing buildings in exchange for zoning concessions. The ubiquitous NYC parking lot stacker is a poor stepchild – labor intensive, inefficient, visually obtrusive, and physically insecure. Although they are a testament to the resilience of the operators each time they make a deep extraction from a crowded lot.

The decision to install an automated system in one of our current local residential condo developments was clear:

[a] 1/3 of the cellar footprint will be utilized to automatically park 35 vehicles, to procure and manage/maintain the system.

Or [b] Excavate 1 1/2 full stories of cellar space in order to accommodate the code minimum of 24 self parks with associated ramping, on a site adjacent to the subway, to satisfy the MTA's SOE and structural line of influence requirements, to offset the majority of tower columns with a transfer slab to work with the ramping and parking clearances, to extend all street utilities and MEP risers another floor to the sub cellar level, and to significantly reduce building income from loss of retail and tenant storage in the cellar.

This won't be the first system in NYC, but I suspect the momentum will quickly build.