New York City is moving to cyberspace.
"Web sites end with dot com, dot org, dot this and dot that. Thanks to the leadership of Council Member Gale Brewer and Deputy Mayor Bob Lieber, New York City will soon have its own place on the web – with dot NYC," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn during her state of the city address yesterday. (PDF)
"Mark Twain famously advised 'Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.' Well now we can make more New York addresses – just on the Internet!"
Selling .NYC web addresses will not only give local businesses added cache, best of all it will "generate millions of dollars a year," according to Quinn.
An address ending in .NYC would only cost about $10, with a third of that going to city coffers. Within three years the new .NYC addresses could be generating an estimated $3 million annually for the city, Anthony Van Couvering, CEO of dotNYC told the New York Post.
Mayor Bloomberg, who knows a thing or two about turning a buck, likes the idea, said spokesman Andrew Brent.