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New York City Civil Court - Harlem Community Justice Center
170 East 121st Street
This community court handles landlord-tenant, small claims, family, and juvenile cases.
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New York City Civil Court - Housing Part Procedures
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The New York Office of the Attorney General offers a downloadable publication about tenants' rights.
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Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Manhattan Landlord and Tenant Resources
The New York County District Attorney's Office offers a Narcotics Eviction Program and Trespass Affidavit Program to help landlords and tentants remove drug dealers and other criminals from their buildings.
Manhattan Legal Aid
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New York City Legal Help
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New York Legal Assistance Group
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