The City of New York has been approved for its own geographic top-level domain – .nyc – which will allow New Yorkers and visitors to easily find local businesses, services and information online.
A .nyc address will show that a business or individual is located in New York City and identify products and organizations serving the New York City community.
The City of New York is one of the first cities in the world to be granted a geographic top-level domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit private organization responsible for overseeing the distribution of IP addresses and domain names.
In order to register for a .nyc domain, registrants will have to have a primary place of residence in the City of New York with a physical address or a “bona fide presence” in the City of New York, meaning regularly performing lawful activities within the city and maintaining an office or other facility 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.