Made in NYC
Made in NYC
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office officially announced the sale of the new “.nyc” domains last week, hyping the release alongside city officials and borough chiefs. But Mr. de Blasio isn’t the first New York mayor to take a shot at selling New York on “.nyc.”
That honor belongs to the late Ed Koch, who was the champion of New York’s digital real estate long before City Hall was on board. In 2009, Mr Koch was hired by DotNYC LLC, one of the first companies who tried to sell the city on having its own domain name.
If there’s one thing real New Yorkers love, it’s setting themselves apart from imposters. Between now and June 20th, New York City businesses can send in applications for a “.nyc” domain name.
Since domain regulator ICANN started approving thousands of new top level domains, everyone from cities to web giants like Google and Amazon been applying. Neustar, the company that maintains the “.us” and “.biz” domains, are handling the wholesale of the “.nyc” domains, and the City of New York will take a 40 percent cut of the sales.
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