Guide for people new to New York City

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April 13, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

If you’re new to New York—or even if you’ve been here awhile—the city can be tough to get used to. Rest easy! We’ve put together a list of tools to help you and your family get your best start in the City That Never Sleeps.

Housing Resources

Looking for your next home in New York City? Find out if you’re eligible for housing assistance through New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). You can also check the status of your application and get more info about rent payments, parking fees, and programs for NYCHA residents.

Apply for affordable housing through NYC Housing Connect. Look for your next home and keep your information up-to-date to make your search as easy as possible.

Find the right program to help you pay rent, get a loan, or buy a home here.

Don’t forget—if you rent your home in New York City, your rights are protected by law. Under Fair Housing, you cannot be refused a place to live or be overcharged based on your race, religion, place of origin, or ability. Your Tenant Rights limit the fees and rent increases your landlord can charge you, and protect the upkeep and safety standards of your building.

If you think that your rights are being violated, report it. Call 3-1-1 or file a complaint with the NYS Division of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR).

Language Classes

Want to improve your English? These language classes are free and open to the public:

Programs for Kids

There’s a reason people call New York ‘The World’s Biggest Urban Playground.’ This city is great for kids! These free after-school and summer programs will keep your kids outdoors, active, and having fun all year long.

Learn more about the Comprehensive After School System of New York City (COMPASS NYC) for kids in grades K–12, and School’s Out New York City (SONYC) for grades 6–8. These after-school programs provide extra help in reading, science, and math as well as fun art projects and sports clinics.

COMPASS NYC programs are offered in churches, schools, and housing developments around the city and are open every weekday for three hours. Go here to sign up or to get more info about COMPASS NYC, SONYC, and other after-school programs for your kids!

These Youth Sports from City Parks Foundation will keep your children’s brains and bodies active while school is out. Sign up your kids to learn golf, tennis, soccer, and more. Workshops take place all summer long in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Are your young explorers craving more adventure, or just more to do? Check out these weekend and overnight trips run by Urban Park Rangers.

Your Rights as a Worker

Make sure you know your rights! As a New York City employee, you’re eligible for paid sick leave and paid overtime.

If you work 80 or more hours per year in New York City and your employer has five or more employees, you qualify for up to 40 hours of paid sick leave. Find out more about your sick leave and wage rights here.

If you work more than 40 hours per week, you may be eligible for paid overtime at a rate of 1½ times your regular hourly wage. Find out if you should be earning overtime pay here.

Info for New Citizens

Are you new to America? See what services and programs are available for you and your kids.

Still learning your way around New York? Don’t miss our guide on how to use the New York City subway!


©2016 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies. The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

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