From the Times Newsweekly:
Drivers looking to park at public meters on local shopping strips will have to fish more change out of their pockets as the city has increased rates at parking meters across the five boroughs, it was announced.
As of Monday, Feb. 16, motorists parking at metered spots are charged 25 cents for 20 minutes, a loss of 10 minutes from the previous half-hour rate. The hourly rate was bumped up from 50 to 75 cents as a result of the rate increase.
Notice how the City "announced" it a month after implementing it. Lots of tickets given out in the meantime... (except maybe to Peter Vallone)