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Health Insurance Coverage
Tax and Social Security
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Language Classes for United Nations and Consular Corps Members and their Spouses

For members of the UN Secretariat and Diplomats. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish offered. Day classes of three one-hour sessions. Evening classes held twice a week, 1 1/2 hours each session. These classes are free to diplomats and other eligible employees, while others are eligible with payment of a fee.
Schedule of Classes 

Officer in Charge: Mr. Emmanuel Soyer


The hospitality committee for the United Nations delegations English Language School offers daily classes on several levels to those affiliated with the United Nations and the Consular Corps. This provides an opportunity for students to learn English as a second language in a friendly and supportive environment. $130 registration fee.
Administrative Coordinator: Janet E. Vetter
Telephone: (212) 963-8753

100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Telephone: 311

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Safety in the City
New York restaurants and hotels are buzzing again, quality of life has dramatically improved, and most importantly, the streets are safer. The City has experienced an historic double-digit drop in the crime rate, and the Mayor continues to make public safety and quality of life issues a top priority. New York is one of the safest large cities in the world. Still, like many cosmopolitan centers, New York is not immune to crime, and we at the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs care about your safety. So please familiarize yourself with some steps you can take to avoid becoming a crime victim. These helpful suggestions are extracted from a guide entitled, Safety Tips for the Diplomatic Community, which is available at the Office. Here are a few tips on maintaining a safe stay in the Big Apple:

Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Eighty percent of crime prevention is awareness. Familiarize yourself with your own neighborhood as well as those in which you travel frequently. Walk around and note street names and numbers, transportation facilities and times of operation, local markets and service stores. These facilities may be able to assist you in an emergency. Know the conditions during both day and evening hours. Be alert while walking on the streets. Choose well-lit, populated thoroughfares. Avoid dark alleys and buildings. Try to walk with a companion when possible.

Limit the amount of money or credit cards you carry. When traveling, take only those items that you will need for the day. If you carry a wallet, you should place it in your inside jacket pocket. Handbags should be carried close to your body. The strap should be wrapped around the handbag, not over your shoulder or around your neck, to avoid injury should someone try to pull it away from you.

If someone tries to steal your property, DO NOT RESIST! Try to remember as much as possible about the person's physical characteristics such as height, scars, tattoos, and clothing. Call 911 immediately for police and emergency medical assistance.

Be aware of "confidence games" or con-artists. Newcomers to the City may be targeted by criminals who attempt to take your money through trickery and deceit. They may work alone or in groups. They may stop you on the street, call you on the telephone, or ring your doorbell pretending to be repairpersons, building inspectors, or assuming another identity. One NYPD detective cautions: "Confidence games will often target visitors. Visitors may be preoccupied by the sights of the City and can easily become distracted. Professional thieves spot this. They're trained to look for people who are distracted."

You may come across people who appear to be gambling on the street. They use a temporary table or stand and attempt to entice you to play their "game," i.e. Three Card Monte or "the shell game". Although the game may look like an easy way to win money, it isn't. The con artist uses sleight-of-hand tricks to win your money. Beware of friendly strangers offering goods or services at low rates or offering to share money. Be suspicious of bank officials who ask you to withdraw money from your bank account for any reason. Con artists are very effective at their trade. If a person who you suspect is a con artist approaches you, notify the police immediately.

Only yellow medallion taxis are authorized to pick up passengers on the street. They are identified by their yellow color and have a series of numbers and letters illuminated on the roof of their vehicle. Livery or "for hire" vehicles are not permitted to pick up pedestrians on the street and offer them a ride. Livery or "for hire" vehicles can only be used by calling the car company in advance. The price of their services should be quoted when you call.

When you use New York City's Transit system, keep in mind the following safety tips: Do not stand at the end of an empty train platform. If possible, wait for the train near the token booth or at a designated off-peak waiting area. Always ride with other passengers. Try to ride in the car where the conductor is, usually the center car. All underground subway stations have colored lamps at the top of the street indicating the status of the entrance. A red light means the entrance is closed. A yellow light means there is no attendant on duty and a token is required for entry. A green light means an attendant is always on duty. Whenever possible use the attended entrances.

If you need police, fire or medical assistance dial 911. An operator will answer the phone and ask you for pertinent information. You should identify yourself to the operator and give your exact location. However, if you are unable to, the police will be able to locate the origin of the call. If you possess diplomatic status you should tell this to the operator. If there is a language problem, translators will be summoned. It is our sincere hope that you will never be placed in an uncomfortable situation, and that your stay in our great City will be a fully enjoyable one.

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Hospital Locations

This is a partial list of both voluntary [V] and municipal [M] hospitals; the latter are funded by the City of New York. It does not include the specialized or very small hospitals. To find the hospital nearest you first check the borough and then the address and/or the zip codes.


New York Downtown Hospital [V]
170 William Street
New York, NY 10038
Telephone: (212) 312-5000

Bellevue Hospital Center [M]
462 First Avenue (at 27th Street)
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 562-4141

Beth Israel Medical Center [V]
First Avenue at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 420-2000

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center [V]
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Telephone: (212) 305-2500

Harlem Hospital Center [M]
506 Lenox Avenue (at 135th Street)
New York, NY 10037
Telephone: (212) 939-1000

Mount Sinai Hospital [V]
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Telephone: (212) 241-6500

New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Hospital [V]
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
Telephone: (212) 746-5454

New York University (NYU) Medical Center [V]
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 263-7300

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center [V]
1111 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
Telephone: (212) 523-4000

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center [V]
1000 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Telephone:(212) 523-4000

Lenox Hill Hospital [V]
100 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
Telephone: (212) 434-2000

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Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center [V]
1650 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10457
Telephone: (718) 590-1800

Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center [V]
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467
Telephone: (718) 920-2771

Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center- Weiler Division [V]
1825 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461
Telephone: (718) 904-2000

Montefiore Hospital Medical Center- North Division [V]
600 East 233rd Street
Bronx, NY 10466
Telephone: (718) 920-9000

Jacobi Medical Center [V]
1400 Pelham Parkway South and Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461
Telephone: (718) 918-5000

Lincoln Hospital Center [M]
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
Telephone: (718) 579-5000

Union Hospital [M]
260 East 188th Street
Bronx, NY 10458
Telephone: (718) 220-2020

North Central Bronx Hospital [M]
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
Telephone: (718) 519-5000

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Brookdale Hospital Medical Center [V]
One Brookdale Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Telephone: (718) 240-5000

Interfaith Medical Center [V]
1545 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Telephone: (718) 613-4000

SUNY Downstate Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn [V]
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Telephone: (718) 270-1000

Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn [V]
506 Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Telephone: (718) 780-3000

Brooklyn Hospital [V]
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: (718) 250-8000

Kings County Hospital Center [M]
451 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Telephone: (718) 245-3131

Coney Island Hospital [M]
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Telephone: (718) 616-3000

Lutheran Medical Center [V]
150 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Telephone: (718) 630-7000

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City Hospital Center at Elmhurst [M]
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Telephone: (718) 334-4000

Long Island Jewish Medical Center [V]
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Telephone: (718) 470-7000

North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills [V]
102-01 66th Road
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Telephone: (718) 830-4000

Flushing Hospital Medical Center [V]
4500 Parsons Boulevard and 45th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Telephone: (718) 670-5000

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Health Insurance Coverage

Some kinds of insurance, such as automobile liability insurance, are mandatory and required by law. Other insurance, such as health, is optional, but it is advisable to take out as a protection against the enormous expenses and losses that occur as a result of emergencies.

This Office does not endorse any particular insurance plan. Please call the New York State Insurance Hotline at (800)-342-3736 or visit the New York City Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access for further information.
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Tax and Social Security 
Eligibility for Work Permission for Dependents and Spouses of officials working at the United Nations, Permanent Missions to the United Nations, and Consular Corps
Not all dependents and spouses of UN Mission, Consulate, and United Nations personnel are eligible to receive permission to work in the United States.

UN Missions: Please check with your Mission's Administrative Officer, or the designated person for guidance on work permission. If necessary, please contact:

Host Country Section
United States Mission to the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
(212) 415-4100

Consulates: Please check with your Consulate Administrative Officer or the designated person for guidance on work permission.

Diplomatic Tax Exemption Information
Office of Foreign Missions
799 United Nations Plaza, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(646) 282-2825

Social Security Card Information

The Bronx
Social Security Card Center
820 Concourse Village West,
Second Floor
Bronx, NY 10451
Monday to Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Social Security Card Center
123 William Street
Third Floor
New York, NY 10038
Monday to Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Social Security Card Center
154 Pierrepont Street
Sixth Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Monday to Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Social Security Card Center
155-10 Jamaica Avenue
Second Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432
Monday to Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Driver's License Information 

Department of Motor Vehicles
New York Office 11 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10004

Harlem Office
159 East 125th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10035

Herald Square
1293-1311 Broadway 8th Floor
New York, NY  10001

License X-Press Office
300 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Or call: 1-212-645-5550 or

Obtaining a Driver's License All officers of a diplomatic mission or a consulate who wish to operate a vehicle in the United States, or who wish to have a US driver's license for identification purposes, must obtain one from the US Department of State. As eligibility of non-officer staff varies, those members should consult with OFM before applying. US citizens and permanent resident aliens are excluded from this program. In order to obtain this Federal driver's license, the applicant must submit a completed US Department of State Driver's License Application (form DS-1972), two color photographs, and a photocopy of his/her current valid license to OFM's New York Office. If the applicant does not have a United States Social Security Number, he or she must ask OFM for a letter verifying this.

If testing is required, OFM will return the approved application and direct the applicant to the Manhattan office of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The written test is facilitated at the Herald Square Office. Applicants must study the New York State Driver's Manual before taking any necessary tests. The manual may be obtained at the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. The Manhattan Office of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles administers the written test for the diplomatic community each Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM. A $10.00 fee is charged: payable by either cash or check to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants must be prompt. No one will be allowed in once the exam has begun. Be sure to bring the OFM approved application and some form of ID such as a diplomatic passport for date of birth and proof of signature. Persons who wish to take the test outside of the Wednesday morning schedule may do so any time between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday with the general public. (The lines tend to be shorter in the early morning.)

Should a road test be required (for those persons who do not possess a current valid license from a reciprocating country) the Manhattan office of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will schedule the test at an appropriate time. Once all necessary testing is completed, the Manhattan office will send the documentation to OFM, so that the license may be issued.

All applicants must take a vision test. The vision test will be administered with the written test and prior to any road test. OFM can also administer this eye test in its offices on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The applicant may also choose to have his/her eyes examined by a licensed ophthalmologist for a fee. If the applicant chooses to go to a licensed ophthalmologist, he/she must be sure to obtain a New York State Visual Acuity Report (form MV-619), which must be submitted at the time of the written exam.

If the applicant is applying for a duplicate license, a letter must accompany the application explaining the need for one. In order to obtain a renewal, the applicant must apply before the license expires (or shortly after) by submitting a DS-1972 form, two photos, a copy of US Department of State Driver's License and a passed vision test. Licenses are issued at the Office of Foreign Missions in New York and are valid for five years. Licenses issued to dependents under the age of 21 are valid until the 21st birthday. When a dependent reaches the age of 21, he or she must apply for a driver's license from the appropriate state motor vehicle agency (New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut). Upon request, OFM will provide the dependent with a letter certifying his or her eligibility for a local license. Dependents older than 21-years-old who have obtained "justified student status" from the Department of State as full-time students may have their State Department license extended up to their 23rd birthday.

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