Celebrate Summer with the Ali Forney Center in New York City

Celebrate Summer with the Ali Forney Center in New York City
Despite the statistics that there are over 4,000 homeless youth in New York City, of which over 1,000 are LGBT, New York State continues to reduce funding for the organizations that help this segment of the population. The nation's largest resource for …
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Ban Ki-moon Gets a Municipal ID Card
… has a passport and other identification documents that would make a municipal ID card unnecessary. But both men wanted to encourage more New Yorkers, particularly undocumented immigrants, to get the cards so they can readily access city services.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to get New York City identification card
The head of the United Nations is getting a passport of sorts to the greatest place on Earth — New York City. Mayor de Blasio will enroll Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the city's municipal ID card program Tuesday. Ban will also encourage other …
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The perils of losing a passport in New York City

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The Passport was not needed when we crossed from Belgium to France. The highway narrowed and people slowed slightly as we drove through what used to be a crossing checkpoint.

Updated 2012/05/29: Renewed passports for kids and wife today. We went downtown to Seattle to the Passport Authority on 5th and Yesler. I didn’t realize you can go into any Post Office to renew or get passports for kids. Could have saved on the automatic expediting fee they tag on when you go to the Passport Authority.

The perils of losing a passport in New York City
As my wife and I headed off for our first visit to New York City, people warned us: "Watch your cash. … Essential Information for Canadian Travellers, issued by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, indicates that "If your passport is lost …
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Happy Birthday Kareena Kapoor Khan
Playing a girl scuttling across the border to Pakistan with her family, Kareena reminded us of the screen legends of yore like Nutan, Madhubala and Nargis. Her love affair with the … Jab We Met (2007): Kareena's passport to immortality. The one film …
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Passport Application? Check….NYC, here we come

Home to Lady Liberty, The Guggenheim and The Museum of Natural History, New York City is a travelers dream come true. With no shortage of places to visit, things to see, and souvenirs to buy, NYC welcomes over 50 million visitors every year.

Traveling to New York City, or to most major metropolitan areas in the U.S. comes with many new rules since the tragedies of 9/11. Boarder patrol and airport security has become increasingly tighter, making it more even more important than ever for travelers to ensure that all their identification is in order.

If your do not have a passport and will be traveling to NYC from outside of the country, completing your passport application online or in person is required. Travelers without a valid passport will not be permitted to enter, or leave the United State of America. If your passport is about to expire, completing a passport renewal form is the best way to ensure you don’t get stuck in NYC with an expired passport.

Because of its size, a list of “Must-See” things is the best way to tackle the city. There are all the obvious “must-see” places like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and Ground Zero. But there are so many other gems in the Big Apple that you won’t want to miss. It’s always best to do your research, make a list, and accept that you will not be able to see it all within your first visit. A tour bus is always the the best and most convenient way to see all the highlights without the stress of a taxi.

There is no need to book your bus tour in advance. There are plenty of men and women selling bus tours all over Times Square. The best tours will offer you “Hop on, Hop off” privileges and will allow you to see the city from an open top deck.

New York City is one of the most exciting and energetic places in the world. It is overflowing with history, art, and culture. It can be expensive so its best to be prepared, organized and plan ahead. It’s not the place to gets stranded waiting on a passport renewal. With your passport in hand, take a bite of the Big Apple and get ready to have the time of your life.

New Emergency Passport Office Opens in New York

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Residents of New York state can now choose between two different emergency passport offices: One in New York City and a new office in Buffalo, New York. State officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, October 18th, 2010 to mark the occasion. The new passport office is located at 111 Genesee Street, in Suite 101 of the Genesee Gateway building.


The new office is a Regional Passport Agency office, which means it can issue emergency passports or passport cards, usually within 24 hours. Previously, to get an emergency passport, Buffalo residents would have to make a trip to New York City to visit the passport office there. Demand for passports is up since they became a requirement for travel to Canada in 2009 as part of the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.


Regional Passport Agency offices are meant for travelers who need emergency assistance only, so you do have to meet certain qualifications to get an appointment. Basically, you are eligible to use these offices if you need a passport to travel within 2 weeks and you have already booked your tickets. However, you can also use a passport agency office if you are traveling within the next 4 weeks to a country that requires you to apply in advance for a travel visa.


The office operates by appointment only, and walk-ins are not permitted. To make an appointment, call 1-800-209-4565.


You will need to bring a copy of your itinerary to the appointment.

You’ll also need to bring all of the documents necessary to issue your emergency passport, including proof of identity, proof of citizenship and photos.See How to Submit a Passport Application for details. Check when you make an appointment to make sure that your documents are acceptable and that you know what kind of payment options are available at the facility.


Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.