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Sure, the pizza, the nightlife and the endless array of amazing food spots and beautiful landmarks are enough to make anybody squeal, but there comes a time when we have to get down to business.

Here is some essential information that you’ll need when living in Brooklyn.

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Utility Information:

Electricity and Gas

The electric utility in NYC is Con Edison. If you are new to New York, you can open an account in your name by calling them at 1-212-243-1900 or by applying online.

  • To start an account with Con Edison for natural gas, call 1-212-243-1900.
  • Call National Grid at 1-718-643-4050 to open an account for gas.

While ConEd (or National Grid) is responsible for delivering energy to your home, you have a choice of who supplies the energy you use. Once you have a utility account number you can shop around for an electricity and/or gas rate from an alternate Energy Services Company (ESCO).


Water is usually included in the rent in New York, but you may need to set up an account if you own your property. Call the NYC Department of Environmental Protection at 718-595-7000 to find out about opening an account.


Time Warner Cable and Verizon are the most common telecommunications companies in New York. It’s a good idea to shop around and see what each one offers before deciding on which is best for you. Both Time Warner and Verizon have online ordering options, but you can also call them or visit a store location to find out more. It’s a good idea to make a decision at least a week in advance so that you can schedule a time to be home when they arrive.

  • Time Warner Cable1-800-892-4357
  • Verizon1-800-837-4966
  • Cablevision718-975-1140

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