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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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
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.
|NYC Cultural Guide||http://www.nyc-arts.org/|
|Radio City Music Hall||http://www.radiocity.com/||212-247-4777|
|Fire||http://www.nyc.gov/html/nyfd/home.html||911 or 212-999-2222|
|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|
|Natural History American Museum of Natural History|
|NEW YORK CITY (OFFICIAL) http://home.nyc.gov/|
|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|
|Board of Education||http://www.nycenet.edu/||212-567-3385|
|Educational Records Bureau||http://www.erbtest.org/||212-873-9180|
|Parents League of NY||http://www.parentsleague.org/||212-737-7385|
|Madison Square Garden||http://www.thegarden.com/||212-465-5800|
|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|
|PATH to New Jersey||http://www.panynj.gov/||800-234-7284|
|Time Warner Cable||http://www.twcnyc.com/||212-598-7200|
Understanding (and loving) Manhattan, New York City
- Manhattan Residential Architecture
- Time Line for Buying a Manhattan Home
- Helpful NYC Links, Contacts Resources
- The Art of Moving
- NYC- Manhattan Apartment Terminology A-Z
- NYC- Manhattan Building Terminology
- NYC- Manhattan Apartment Room Count
- NYC Manhattan- What is a Room - Definition
- Understanding Coops and Condos
- How Much Apartment Can You Afford?
- All Square Footage in Manhattan is Just an Estimate
- Buying A coop - Be Prepared and Qualified
- What is a Condop? Best of Both Worlds
- FAQ About Manhattan New Residential Developments
- Reasons to Buy New Development in Manhattan
- Coop Board Requirements - What do Coop Boards ask For?
- Tips to Help Pass A coop Board Interview
- Manhattan Coop and Condo Restrictive Covenants
- What is a Flip Tax in Manhattan Coops and Condos?
- What is an Aztec Recognition Agreement?
- Closing Costs for NYC Condos and Coops
- Washington Heights
- Hamilton Heights
- Morningside Heights
- Manhattan Valley
- Central Park West
- Upper West Side
- West End Avenue
- Sherman Square
- Verdi Square
- Central Park South
- Riverside Boulevard
- Hells Kitchen
- Greenwich Village
- Battery Park City
- Upper East Side
- Carnegie Hill