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During their trip, Travel Beans got a bit of a guided tour of NYC’s Van Alley. Van Alley is a dead-end road in New York City that the city’s street sweeper can’t access. As a result, the city doesn’t issue tickets to vans parked there. As Travel Bean’s tour guide said, “Every vehicle that you see that you suspect someone might live in — they do.”
Stealth camping is very difficult in New York City and other major cities, as Travel Beans learned. The crowded and narrow roads mean you have very few places to park along the streets. Many neighborhoods require permits and will issue citations to those caught parking without them. Popular vehicles used for stealth camping stick out like sore thumbs in parking lots and along empty streets in the middle of the night.