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The Official Website for the Ultimate New York City Address


One city. One address.

Soon New York City businesses, organizations and residents will be able to register a .nyc domain name for their websites.

Increasingly, the Internet is not only about what you are, but where you are. A .nyc address tells the world you are located in NYC.


Proclaim to the world that you are a proud New Yorker or NYC-based business / organization.


Finding a search result that is located in NYC can be challenging. Search engines often generate millions of results. Make your NYC business, organization or content easier for users to find.


NYC is home to some of the world's most creative people, museums, music, dance, entertainment, media and all of the arts. Use your .nyc address to express and share your creativity.

Domain Basics

New York City's Top Level Domain (TLD) identifies you as a NYC business, organization, or resident based in the city.

A Top-Level Domain (TLD) is what is at the end of a domain name (such as ".com", ".org", or ".net"). The growth of the internet introduced a need for more “top-level” names, leading to the inclusion of cities, countries, regions and organizations as TLDs. By using a .nyc web address, businesses, organizations and residents will have a powerful way to find each other, and the ability to market themselves online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a domain name?

A domain name is a technical term for an Internet address, such as When you register a name for a website, you are registering the domain name. When .nyc domain names become available, businesses, organizations residents located in NYC will be able to register domain names to associate their website with the city of New York.

Why register a .nyc domain name?

Identify yourself, your business or organization with the power of the city's name. A regular domain name merely says, I am a business online. Owning a .nyc address says I am a New York City business, I am a New York City organization or I am a New Yorker.

When can I register a .nyc domain name?

It is currently expected that .nyc will launch as early as May 2014, with phasing as follows.

PHASE 1 (May 2014): Trademarks Sunrise (45 days)

Sunrise is an initial period designed to protect intellectual property rights holders: those with registered trademarks. Trademark owners can take advantage of the Sunrise phase to safeguard the domain name that matches their trademark. As required by ICANN, all trademark owners must have their marks validated and registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse as a minimum requirement if they wish to register during Sunrise. Submit a trademark to the Clearinghouse at:

Learn more about the Trademark Clearinghouse on ICANN’s website:

If there is more than one qualified trademark holder applying for the same domain name, an auction will be held to determine the registrant.

PHASE 2 (June/July 2014): City Government-Affiliated Reserve List (30 days) / Sunrise Auctions

During this phase, City government and government-affiliated .nyc entities will have the right to register .NYC domains through a City-designated single point of contact that will authenticate eligibility.

PHASE 3 (August/September 2014): Landrush (60 days)

All businesses, organizations and residents with a physical address in the City will have an equal opportunity to register .nyc domains during the Landrush phase. There will be a slightly higher fee for registrations occurring during the Landrush phase. If there is only one application for a .nyc domain name during this period, the applicant for that name will be granted the registration. If there are multiple applications for a domain name during this period, however, an auction will be held to determine the registrant after completion of the Landrush period.

PHASE 4 (October 2014): General Availability

After the Landrush phase, all businesses, organizations and residents with a physical address in the City of New York shall be entitled to register .nyc domain names in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. For the first ninety (90) days of General Availability, in the event that a domain name registrant applied for a domain name that is an exact match of a trademark appearing in the Trademark Clearinghouse, the registrant will receive a notice about that trademark during the registration process and asked whether or not it wishes to proceed with the registration. If it does, the name will proceed to registration, but may subsequently be challenged by the Trademark owner through an ICANN dispute resolution procedure if the name is likely to cause confusion with the trademark.

What is a pre-registration? Can I pre-register a .nyc domain name prior to the official launch date?

The .nyc Registry does not accept pre-registrations, and does not endorse or recommend any pre-registration sites. If you are interested in registering a .nyc domain name when registration opens we suggest providing your contact information here to receive .nyc updates. You will receive updates and additional details as they become available, and be notified by email when registration begins.

Users should be cautious of any websites requesting payment for a “pre-registration.” A pre-registration is not a registration and does not provide any rights to a domain. Some registrars may accept pre-registrations as a means to build contact lists they later use for marketing purposes. A pre-registration does not guarantee you will successfully register the domain in the future.

We anticipate that .nyc will launch as early as May 2014 with general availability commencing this fall.

What is a .nyc registrant?

A .nyc registrant is a company, organization or individual who registers a .nyc domain name.

Who can register .nyc domains?

New York City businesses and organizations with a NYC address and individuals with a primary residence in NYC can register a .nyc domain name. Trademark holders with a NYC address will be given priority during the application process in order to secure their intellectual property.

How much will registrations cost?

Registrars of .nyc domain names will determine the retail annual fee of .nyc domain names. The City expects multiple Registrars to participate and for pricing to be competitive with the market prices for other top-level domains.

What is a registrar?

Domain name registrars sell domain names to registrants. Many registrars provide other services such as website builders, hosting, e-mail, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). A full list of ICANN accredited registrars can be found at

What roles does the registry play in .nyc?

The .nyc registry will promote .nyc (directly and through registrars), accept registrations from participating Registrars, manage the master database of all .nyc domain names and operate the Domain Name System (DNS) to enable .nyc addresses to be routed to the applicable .nyc website. In addition, the registry manages and enforces the policies associated with .nyc.

What is ICANN, and what is its role in .nyc?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was formed in 1998 as an international not-for-profit public-benefit corporation dedicated to security and stability of the Internet. It bears the responsibility of coordinating and managing the Domain Name System (DNS). In 2012 ICANN began the process of expanding the number of Top-Level Domains beyond the current .com, .net, .org, .us, .biz and others).

Upon acceptance of its application for the .nyc domain, the City of New York intends to enter into an agreement with ICANN under which it will have control over the administration and management of the .nyc domain.

Who is Neustar, Inc?

Neustar, Inc. is a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE ( Neustar currently operates the registry for .US for the Department of Commerce and .BIZ under a contract with ICANN, and is the technical registry services provider in support of .CO, .TEL and .Travel. The City of New York selected Neustar in a competitive procurement to provide the technical registry services and support necessary to make .nyc names available to the public.


.nyc Policies

.nyc Nexus Policy

.nyc Acceptable Use Policy

.nyc Proxy Registration Policy

.nyc Web Site Privacy Policy

Abuse Point of Contact

For any inquires related to .Neustar please contact The Neustar Registry Services Team.


Neustar Registry Services Team
21575 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, VA 20166


More information on ICANN WHOIS policy and other educational material can be found at:


New Yorkers are never short on ideas or action. This makes the .nyc domain launch one of the most anticipated arrivals in the city’s--and the Internet’s--history.

It’s time to think like a New Yorker and take action on behalf of your trademark before your .nyc is gone. The first step is making sure it’s registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse, a central database for protected marks. All new TLD registries will be reviewed against the marks in the clearinghouse, so make sure yours is protected. Visit the Trademark Clearinghouse today.

Then, make sure you get your .nyc address as soon as it’s available. The Sunrise period allows trademark holders to apply for domain names that are close to or match their trademarks before anyone else can. The .nyc Sunrise phase starts on May 5th 2014. Learn more on Sunrise Policies here.


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