Park Slope Texts the Parking Gods

Park Slope's iPhone-armed bobos now have a new mobile service at their disposal that promises to outsmart this Brooklyn neighborhood's notorious parking crunch. Roadify, a "social transportation company," is looking to improve parking efficiency by enabling drivers to give and receive real-time tips about available parking spots with text messages and Twitter updates via its free ParkingAroundMe (PAM) service.

Nick Nyhan, one of Roadify's founders, recently told The New York Daily News that the idea for the service was born out of his own thwarted experiences looking for parking spots in the neighborhood. By employing crowd-sourcing techniques, Nyhan hopes that Roadify evolves into a robust database of available parking spaces kept current by participating drivers' real-time updates.