Feb 24, 2008

Manhattan Relocation: Helpful NYC Links, Contacts, Tips, Resources


New residents in New York City may be overwhelmed by the vast array of public services and municipal structure that they find upon arrival. The following information is a general guide for new New Yorkers who are trying to get settled.

Driver's licenses
For on-line instructions visit http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/.

To register a vehicle for the first time or change registration
Bring the following to your local Motor Vehicle office:
  • Completed registration/title application
  • Proof of ownership
  • Proof of insurance in the registrant's name
  • Proof of inspection
  • Sales tax clearance
  • Proof of registrant's name and date of birth
  • If the registrant is not the owner of the vehicle, registration authorization from the owner together with proof of the owner's name and date of birth
  • If the vehicle was purchased from a dealer/leasing company, an odometer disclosure statement
  • Bill of sale
  • Appropriate fee
For more information, call 645-5550.

Keep in mind that unlike most other cities life in NYC is very livable without a car.  Most New Yorkers walk and use mass transportation.

Utilities

There are a number of companies that provide the necessary services for a comfortable home. Con Edison Heat and hot water are included in the rent in most buildings, but not all. Gas is included in some.
  • Verizon for telephone service and DSL Call 212-890-2350 for new orders.
  • Time Warner for cable television service and Road Runner Internet service Call 212-674-9100 to order service.  
Kids

For kids, moving can be stressful, especially if they don't know what to expect. And for older youngsters, few things are worse than being the new kid on the block. Here are some fear-easing suggestions:

Before the move:
  • Keep your children informed about your moving plans.
  • Take the kids to their new home as soon as possible.
  • Visit the neighborhood with your children to see what facilities will likely interest them, such as the library, shops and playgrounds.
  • Arrange a tour of your children's new school
  • Explain what moving day will entail and reassure your children that their possessions will be handled carefully.
On moving day:
  • Set up the children's rooms right away to give them a place to unwind and play while you organize the rest of the family's belongings.
Settling in:
  • Take a walk in the neighborhood to meet new neighbors and potential playmates for your children.
  • If your children have been active in any religious, sports, social, ethnic or cultural organizations, contact such groups in your new neighborhood.
  • Invite families on your floor or in your building for lunch so that kids can get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.
Education:

Public Schools

New York's public school system is one of the largest in the country, with more children enrolled in its public schools than 12 states and the District of Columbia have in total population!. Call the Board of Education for help in finding your way through the enrollment process:
Board of Education
110 Livington Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
1-718-935-2000
or you can log onto http://www.nycenet.edu/.
To find out where you child should attend school (Elementary, Junior High, or High School) contact:
The Office of Zoning and Integration
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, New York 11101
1-718-391-8000
Listings for New York's Public Schools appear by district under the heading "Education" in the New York City Government Offices section of the Blue Pages in the Verizon telephone book
Education:Parochial Schools
Contact:The Archdiocese of New York 1-212-691-3381
Education:Private Schools
For information about toddler groups, nursery schools and day schools, contact:
The Parents League
1-212-737-7385 or http://www.parentsleague.org/.
Dial 311 for all non emergency NYC customer service.
Helpful NYC Links

Here are some of the most helpful links to make living easy in New York.

DESIGN













CULTURAL

Ballet
http://www.nycballet.com/
212-870-5500

Broadway
http://www.playbill.com/
212-557-5757

Carnegie Hall
http://www.carnegiehall.org/
212-903-9600

Lincoln Center
http://www.lincolncenter.org/
212-546-2656

NYC Cultural Guide
http://www.nyc-arts.org/

Opera
http://www.nycopera.com/
212-870-5500

Radio City Music Hall
http://www.radiocity.com/
212-247-4777

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Fire
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nyfd/home.html
911 or 212-999-2222

Poison
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/poison
212-764-7667

Police
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/home.html
911 or 212-374-5000

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES www.nyc.gov/html/dep/home.html 212-966-7500
Complaints about noise, sewers, air quality, asbestos and industrial waste

Water Quality
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/home.html
888-426-7433

Potholes
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/home.html
212-225-5368

Sidewalk Repairs
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/home.html
212-255-5368

Sanitation
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dos/home.html
212-219-8090

FOOD

Zagat's
http://www.zagat.com/
800-333-3421

KIDS

Cultural
nyckidsarts.org
212-410-9780

LIFESTYLES

CitySearch
http://www.newyork.citysearch.com/
212-647-5700

Time Out
http://www.timeoutny.com/
212-539-4444

MUSEUMS

Metropolitan
http://www.metmuseum.org/
212-535-7710

Modern Art
http://www.momo.org/
212-708-9696

Natural History American Museum of Natural History
NEW YORK CITY (OFFICIAL) http://home.nyc.gov/
Housing Authority
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/home.html
212-863-8000

Rent Laws
http://www.rentlaw.com/
Questions regarding Tenant Landlord rights should be posted to their message board.

POST OFFICE http://www.usps.com/ 212-967-8585

NYC BOARD OF ELECTIONS http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/register.html 212-VOTE NYC
SCHOOLS (PUBLIC)

Abacus Guide
http://www.abacusguide.com/
212-712-2228

Board of Education
http://www.nycenet.edu/
212-567-3385

SCHOOLS (PRIVATE)
Educational Records Bureau
http://www.erbtest.org/
212-873-9180

Parents League of NY
http://www.parentsleague.org/
212-737-7385

SPORTS

Madison Square Garden
http://www.thegarden.com/
212-465-5800

Chelsea Piers
http://www.chelseapiers.com/
212-336-6666

Yankees
http://www.yankees.com/
718-293-4300

Mets
http://www.mets.com/
718-517-TIXX

Rangers
http://www.newyorkrangers.com/
212-465-6741

Knicks
http://www.knicks.com/
212-465-5867

Jets
http://www.newyorkjets.com/
877-747-JETS

Giants
http://www.giants.com/
201-935-8111

TELEPHONE

Verizon
http://www.verizon.com/
212-890-1550

TRANSPORTATION

Airports

JFK
http://www.panynj.gov/
718-244-4444

LaGuardia
http://www.panynj.gov/
718-533-3400

Newark
http://www.panynj.gov/
973-961-6000

Rail Service

Amtrak
http://www.amtrak.com/
800-USA-RAIL

Ferry Service

NY Waterway
http://www.nywaterway.com/
800-53-FERRY

Commuter Bus

Hampton Jitney
http://www.hamptonjitney.com/
(631) 283-4600(800) 936-0440 from 212, 914, 201, 718

Long Island Railroad
http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr
718-217-LIRR

Metro North
West/CT
http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/
800-METRO-INFO

PATH to New Jersey
http://www.panynj.gov/
800-234-7284

Subway

Maps
http://www.mta.nyc.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm

Metropolitan Transit
http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/
718-330-1234

Taxis
http://www.nyc.gov/taxi
212-692-8294

TELEVISION SERVICES

Time Warner Cable
http://www.twcnyc.com/
212-598-7200

UTILITIES

Con Edison
http://www.coned.com/

Gas leaks

800-752-6633
Steam

212-683-0682


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  1. LoftNinja said...
    August 15, 2009

    nice concise list you have

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