On top of being an excellent source of revenue for the city, parking tickets are a fantastic way to completely ruin any New Yorker's day -- provided they don't ride the MTA, in which case that day was ruined anyway. If you plan to fight a ticket, though, you should probably know there's a new app called WinIt that'll take on the city in your place.
Here's how it works: you take a photo of your ticket and submit it through the app, whereupon WinIt's experts review the charge and schedule a hearing to contest it, updating you via email throughout the process. If the hearing's successful, you pay WinIt 50% of whatever the ticket cost would've been -- if you lose, you simply pay the fine as you normally do, and you don't owe WinIt anything. Sounds too good to be true, right?
WinIt's ticket-fighting abilities are owed to its partnership with Empire Commercial Services, a company whose experts claim to have saved business clients more than $250 million in successfully defeated parking tickets. As for the app itself, WinIt says its users have beaten 300 tickets since its launch in March -- a 50% success rate. Of course, that's a small sample size, so those numbers may not hold up.