09/16/2011 11:24 am ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

Happy Park(ing) Day, New York City!: Gothamist

Good morning! Today is Park(ing) Day (Observed). Most banks and post offices are open, but hundreds of New Yorkers across the city are using the holiday to transform parking spaces into whimsical mini "parks." For the uninitiated, Park(ing) Day is an international celebration of alternative street design, which started in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Now it's a worldwide phenomenon, and today New Yorkers will transform more than 30 boring parking spots into temporary parks.