Public Services in New York City

Emergency services in New York City

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In an emergency, you should call 911 for the fastest response. You will be attended to by a dispatcher who will take your call and dispatch the proper authorities whether it be the police, fire department, animal control, or any other government agency.

Some helpful numbers:

NYPD Info Hotline: 1 212 560 2730

New York City Hospitals:

  • St. Vincent's Hospital: 1 212 604 7285
  • Bellevue Hospital Center: 1 212 562 4141 or 1 212 562 7696
  • Beth Israel Medical Center 1 212 420 2000
  • Coler Memorial Hospital: 1 212 848 6300
  • Goldwater Memorial Hospital: 1 212 318 8000
  • Gouverneur Hospital D&TC: 1 212 238 7000
  • Metropolitan Hospital: 1 212 423 6262

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, or For numbers to call in need of travelers aid, assault, or any other issue, consult

To request non-emergency city services:, dial 311, or contact:
New York City Non-Emergency Government Services
212 New York
New York, NY 10001
(212) 639-9675

Update 2/01/2009

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