Manhattan Relocation: Helpful Tips, Links and Contact Information

By
Real Estate Broker with The Corcoran Group

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.

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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Rainer
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Ginger Sala
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC
Mitch Yeah I know about the classic. It was mint too.. Maroon with black leather seats... I loved that car... The worse thingis the firend we lent it to that night lent it to a friend of his ( not ours ) can you believe? That car is worth a down payment on a house we paid a few hundred for it!
February 05, 2008 12:35 AM
Rainer
262,564
Ginger Sala
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC
Mitch Yeah I know about the classic. It was mint too.. Maroon with black leather seats... I loved that car... The worse thing is the friend we lent it to that night lent it to a friend of his ( not ours ) can you believe? That car is worth a down payment on a house.. we paid a few hundred for it!
February 05, 2008 06:13 PM
Rainer
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Karen Moorhead
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty

Wow this is a great list and I love the formatting.  How did you do the blue line?  I think to do that I would need to  build it outside AR and cut and paste it as an "image" jpg back into your blog.  Is that how you did it. 

I love the list but I love the format as well.  Excellent!

February 05, 2008 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Mitchell J Hall
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
The Corcoran Group

Karen, Yes that is how I did it. I already had many of the links on a page on my website. I cut and past from my website, but its not JPG

October 12, 2008 06:21 PM
Rainer
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Stacey Pierce
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Very informative post!! Thanks!

October 13, 2008 05:51 PM
Rainmaker
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