Welcome to the jungle.
FIT does not have student or faculty parking. Public parking is expensive, scarce, and no closer to FIT than the train station.
We STRONGLY recommend that you take the train in.
If you can take Amtrak, the Albany/Rensselaer station has sheltered parking for $10 a day, and there are spaces big enough for vans.
If you can’t take Amtrak, consider taking the Metro North and then either a cab to FIT or the subway to Penn Station. Bring cash for tickets and parking at the train station, cab fare, etc. The Poughkeepsie train station, which is the terminus for Metro North, has multi-day parking in the metered parking section.* Croton-Harmon also has a multi-day parking lot, and although I’ve never personally used it, the reviews are good.
If you must drive into the city, budget $35 for every 24 hours (or more if you have a large vehicle.) Here are two tools to help you find a parking lot or garage in the neighborhood of FIT:
- BestParking.com – http://nyc.bestparking.com/index.php#1
- Parkopedia – http://en.parkopedia.com/parking/school/fashion-institute-of-technology-ny/
Wheeled luggage and backpacks are a good idea. So is hailing a cab to carry it all, even if it’s only a couple blocks.
* Tom Trinchera notes that Poughkeepsie parking is pretty full by 8am, leaving you to park on Rinaldi Blvd. and then pay for it at the meter. He comments that it can be a bit of a walk, and is not the kind of neighborhood where you want to leave your car unless it’s the state car that gets 22 miles to the gallon and has a trunk that won’t stay shut.
Here is a map of Poughkeepsie train station parking – http://www.rrparking.com/system/files/177/original/Poughkeepsie%20Station.pdf