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New York City Web Site - The official Web Site of New York City

NYC Online City Register - Award-winning property document online search and registration application.  Search property records and view document images for Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn back to 1966.  Compute property transfer taxes.  Find a property Borough, Block and Lot (BBL) or Address.

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs - In 1968, the City consolidated the Department of Markets and its Weights and Measures division with the Department of Licensing, creating DCA. DCA's authority grew significantly with passage of New York City's landmark Consumer Protection Law in 1969, making it the first municipal agency of its kind in the country.

DCA’s Business Toolbox - DCA’s Business Toolbox makes available in one place important information and resources for new and existing businesses, including licensing and permits. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business or need to update your business information with DCA, the Business Toolbox is the place to access DCA’s online services.

Kings County (Brooklyn) Clerk’s Office – here you will find judgments and court record information and fees for filing services.

NYC Department of Buildings - Performs plan examinations, issuing construction permits, inspecting properties, and licensing trades. They issue Certificates of Occupancy and Place of Assembly permits.

NYC Building Code - New York City's building code with updates.

NYC Building Information Services- Check property violations, building permit status and other important information.

New York City Health Department - With links to food handler's permits, health certificates, etc.

New York City Department of Transportation - NYC DOT information

New York City Fire Department - The official web site of New York's Bravest.

New York Police Department - The official web site of New York's Finest.

NYC Bus Route Ridership Counts - Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) 2008 Bus Ridership Counts.

NYC Subway Ridership Counts (By Station) - The New York City subway system has 468 stations – the largest number of public transit subway stations of any system in the world. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority - The official website of New York's MTA.

NYC Business Express - Use the EasyStart scenarios on this NYC website to learn about the minimum requirements for opening and operating a business in New York City. Because these scenarios list minimum requirements, you may need additional permits and licenses based on your unique business plan. Visit the Wizard to create a personalized list of requirements for your business.

Kings County, NY (Brooklyn)

Electric - Con Edison Web Site

Natural Gas - The National Grid Web Site

Water Service - NYC Dept of Environmental Protection


State Web Site - The official web site of New York State

New York State Division of Code and AdministrationCodes of New York State – free online version. 

NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) -  Offers programs and services to provide a vehicle for the State to work collaboratively with businesses, academia, industry, the federal government, environmental community, public interest groups, and energy market participants.

NYSERDA Economic Development - program is designed to improve New York State's business climate by creating strategic partnerships with the public and private sector that support product development and the use of energy-efficient technologies.

New York DOT - For Traffic Count information on state roads.

NYS Real Estate Professionals Licensing Information - Information for Real Estate Appraisers, Brokers and salespeople.

New York Department of State - Division of Corporations Web Site - Forming a business corporation in New York State.

Health Department - New York State Health Department's web site.

New York State Liquor Authority - The SLA has two main functions: issuing licenses and ensuring compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. The Authority's Licensing Bureaus are responsible for the timely processing of permits and licenses required by the ABC Law. The Compliance Unit is responsible for the protection of the public by working with local law enforcement agencies to uphold the law and bring administrative action against licensees who violate the law.

NYC Small Business Resource CenterA wealth of free resources.   A complete and searchable Business Manual (a guide to starting and running a small business in New York), events for small businesses and entrepreneurs, how to videos and podcasts, and this is a small example of what is available on this site.

NYC Business Express - Find forms and applications, identify requirements and regulations, and access other useful information related to starting a business in New York City.

NYC Business Solutions  - offers free, quick, and reliable answers to a broad range of business questions, for entrepreneurs and business enterprises of any size. Visit the site to learn about starting and managing a business, finding financing, navigating the government, accessing incentives, selling to the government, and more.

Greater New York Chamber of Commerce - The mission of the Chamber is to improve the business climate and quality of living in the New York Metropolitan Area for residents, workers and visitors. It provides valuable services to over 7000 business and civic leaders who represent the backbone of the Greater New York business community.

Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Encourages trade, commerce, prosperity and community among the Brooklyn business owners.

Kings County Map - A .pdf map of Brooklyn

Long Island Index - A great interactive map that displays a variety of information, including land use and population.

Brooklyn Community Districts (.pdf file)map and board contact information

Brooklyn Community Board Web Sites - quickly find your local community board.

U.S. Census Bureau - American FactFinder web site. Why pay for your demographic information twice?


* New York City is comprised of five distinct boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx and Manhattan). Although each one of these areas are also identified as counties within New York State, they are all run from one central NYC government.

The following are links to each of the borough's official web sites.

The Boroughs of New York

The Bronx (Bronx County)

Brooklyn (Kings County)

Manhattan (New York County)

Queens (Queens County)

Staten Island (Richmond County)

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