I’m a New Yorker, born and raised. Proud product of its public schools. My teenage years were spent criss-crossing boroughs looking for the next thrill. People-watching and exploring new neighborhoods are just two reasons I was always thankful to grow up in such a busy city, which in some ways always changes (the restaurants, the exhibits) and in other ways never does (the museums, the crowds).
Life has since taken me elsewhere, but take note: I didn’t say “I was a New Yorker”. Living here for any stretch of time stamps NYC on your heart and it stays there. I am a New Yorker.
Just not one who can own a .NYC.
The rules of the new, geographic, top-level domain say that registrants in .NYC must be:
- a person whose primary place of residence is a valid physical address in the City of New York; or
- an entity or organization that has a physical address in the City of New York.
After attending college and working in Washington D.C., I moved back to Westchester with my husband where we started a family. My parents still live in Queens, but .NYC rules stipulate that no one with a NYC address can act as a proxy for those outside the city. .NYC will be for those who live or work within the five boroughs.
And you know what? That’s alright with me. Authenticity is a not only a major benefit of new top-level domains. It is a quintessential trait of New Yorkers. At least I will know that anyone with a .NYC website is the real deal.
The “Sunrise” period for brand-owners to get a head start on registrations opened May 5. General Availability, when locals can begin to register domain names, is slated for October.
Maybe one day I’ll be back in the Big Apple. And then I can get my .NYC URL.