The NYC.gov DOTGO site makes obtaining important information about New YorkCity services as simple as sending a text message.  It's fast, convenient, andfree (your standard text messaging rates may apply), and it works on any cellphone. You can get started in three simple steps:  (1) Compose a new text message tothe phone number D-O-T-G-O-V or 368468.  (2) Type the Internet domain name"nyc" as the body of the message.  (3) Send the message.  You should receive aresponse within a few seconds. The response is a home menu of options.  Reply with the text message "1" forthe first topic, "News."  You should again receive a response within a fewseconds--in this case, the latest news from NYC.gov, including the status ofpublic schools, alternate-side parking, garbage pick up, and recycling pick up.Now reply with the text message "1" to get back to the home menu. From the home menu, reply with "2" for the second topic, "Schedules."  Youshould again receive a response within a few seconds--in this case anothermenu, offering schedules for (1) trash collection and (2) alternate-sideparking and (3) a way to get back to the home menu.  You could reply "1" andfollow the interaction to get the schedule for trash collection at youraddress, or you could reply with "2" and follow the interaction to get theschedule for alternate-side parking at your address, or you could reply "3" toget back to the home menu. From the home menu, reply with "3" for the third topic, "Give feedback."  Inthis case, the response is a prompt asking you to reply with your complaint orfeedback.  Reply and your message will be passed on directly to 311. From the home menu, reply with "4" for the fourth topic, "NYC.gov alerts."  Inthis case, the response is a prompt asking you to confirm your request tosubscribe to NYC.gov alerts.  Reply "yes" and you will receive importantbreaking news alerts from NYC.gov by text message right to your cell phone.(You can easily cancel at any time.) From the home menu, reply with "5" for the fifth topic, "Help."  In this case,the response is a short tip about how to use the NYC.gov DOTGO site. When you are on the go, the NYC.gov DOTGO site is the fast, convenient way toobtain important information about New York City services by text message.

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