New York (5-3-1) grabbed a lead in the 19th minute when Joel Lindpere took a pass from Jan Gunnar Solli inside the Galaxy box and unleashed a shot past onrushing Galaxy goalkeeper Bill Gaudette for his first goal of the season.
Meara then took over, making a leaping save on Juninho in the 82nd -- parrying the shot over the crossbar -- and also turned aside a Landon Donovan attempt 4 minutes later.
The Galaxy (3-5-1) continued a disappointing start to the season, taking just one point from their last three games.
Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change
Susan Sarandon 'very excited' about daughter's pregnancy