New York City Essential Resources

Jenny Zhang
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New York City Essentials

City of New York website

Everything you need to know about living in New York City. Chock full of useful resources, including information about the NYC government, programs and initiatives, and local events.

Voter registration

Use this site to register to vote online or print off a New York voter registration form.

Vehicle registration and license

Everything you need to drive safely in New York, including vehicle and title registration, tips for buying or selling your vehicle, license plates and more.

Homeowners / renters insurance

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Apply for New York City utility service

If you’re renting in New York, your rent likely includes gas. Need to set up an account in your name? Call Con Edison at 1 (800) 752-6633 (use 1 (212) 243-1990 if calling from outside NYC), or apply for service online.

The Better Business Bureau, New York City

Find businesses you can trust in New York. Search the BBB Accredited Business Directory to see reviews, ratings and complaints from customers like you.

New York Police Department

Learn about the men and women protecting your community. Stay updated on crime reports in your neighborhood, and get the information you need to keep your family safe.

New York Department of Transportation

Get updates on road conditions, schedules and inclement weather. The NYCDoT website also offers plenty of information on transportation legislation and development agreements.

New York Parks and Recreation

Get a comprehensive view of New York City’s parks, check park rules and ordinances, and learn how you can get involved in your community.

New York Schools

Your child’s education is important. Use this tool to help you research public and private schools in New York City.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on May 11, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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