Campus Status and Emergency Information

New York Law School is currently under normal conditions.

Please keep your NOTIFY NYLS contact information current and up to date to receive urgent messages regarding campus operations. To register please sign up at, for assistance please contact

Beat The Heat with the FEMA App

It’s hot across the U.S. and folks are out traveling for summer break. Download the FEMA app for free on the App Store and Google Play to stay cool and know ahead of time when extreme heat and other severe weather is on the way. Add up to five locations to include your upcoming travel destinations, and watch over family and friends out-of-town. The FEMA app also provides other safety tips to help you stay prepared:

  • What to pack in an emergency kit with an interactive checklist.
  • What to do to stay safe before, during, after each type of emergency.

Where to go with directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person if disaster strikes.

Notify NYC – Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Notification issued 7/25/16 at 5:02 PM. The National Weather Service has extended a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn until 5:30 PM. Strong winds & heavy rain is expected. For more info, visit During a severe thunderstorm, be prepared to potentially lose power. Charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, & turn refrigerators/freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines. If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances & keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power & have a disability or access needs or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) & need immediate assistance, dial 9-1-1.


Own a Scooter/Hoverboard? Find Out if It’s Been Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has announced the recall of over 500,000 self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as hoverboards, due to overheating. This poses a risk of the products smoking, catching fire, and/or exploding.

Go to the CSPC’s website to check whether your scooter/hoverboard has been recalled. Companies recalling these products will refund your money, repair it, or replace it depending on the model.

Find information and resources for recalls of other products, including motor vehicles, boats, medicines, food and more at


Notify NYC – Planned Aircraft Flyover

Notification issued 7/22/16 at 7:17 PM. Weather permitting, on Saturday, July 23, the Army Golden Knights will be parachuting over Yankee Stadium in The Bronx as part of Military Appreciation Day. Between 2:40 PM and 3:20 PM, a Fokker F27 aircraft will make four passes over the stadium, dropping jumpers on each pass.

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – July 22-24

One lane on the ramps from 11th Street, 21st Street and Thomson Avenue to the Manhattan-bound Upper Roadway of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge will be closed Saturday from 12:01 am to 5 am for roadway repairs. One lane on each ramp will remain open to traffic at all times.

The westbound (Staten Island-bound) Brooklyn Queens Expressway will be fully closed between Atlantic Avenue and Tillary Street (from Exit 29 to Exit 27) on Sunday between 1 am and 6 am for milling and paving. There will be lane closures eastbound (Queens-bound) on Friday and Saturday between 12:01 am and 5 am; one lane will remain open during those times.

Brooklyn Bridge Saturday lane closures: Brooklyn-bound: One of three lanes will be closed from 2 am to 2 pm, and two of three lanes will be closed from 3 am to 7 am.  Manhattan-bound: One of three lanes will be closed from 1 am to 7 am, and two of three lanes will be closed from 2 am to 6 am.

One tube of the Battery Park Underpass will be closed on Saturday from 1 am to 8 am for the restoration of the electrical and mechanical systems damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The West Street Underpass will be open when the south tube (West Street to FDR Drive) is closed. Variable message signs will alert motorists.

Two out of four northbound lanes on Route 9A/West Street from Chambers Street to Canal Street will be closed from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday to facilitate pavement restoration work by NY State DOT.

There will be lane closures Bronx-bound on the Throgs Neck Bridge between 10 pm Friday and 5 am Monday. At least one lane will remain open to Bronx-bound traffic; Queens-bound lanes are unaffected.

The Bayonne Bridge will be fully closed in both directions from 11:59 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. Motorists should use the Goethals Bridge as an alternate.

3rd Avenue between 80th Street and 90th Street in Brooklyn will be closed on Friday from 5 pm to 10:30 pm for DOT Weekend Walks Summer Stroll on 3rd Part 2.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday: * Broadway between 47th Street and 57th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 10 am to 6 pm for the Midtown Community Block Party * 5th Avenue between 12th Street and 18th Street in Brooklyn will be closed from 5 pm to 9 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks South Slope Summer Stroll * 243rd Street between Caney Road and Mayda Road in Queens will be closed from 9 am to 7 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Rosedale Civic Association * West Burnside Avenue between Davidson Avenue and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx will be closed from 11 am to 4 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Bronx Summer Walks on Burnside Avenue   The following streets in Manhattan and the Bronx will be closed on Sunday from 5:30 am to 2 pm for the NYC Triathlon: * Manhattan: Henry Hudson Parkway (northbound) between West 57th Street and the Henry Hudson Bridge; West 72nd Street between Riverside Drive and Central Park West; West 79th Street between Riverside Drive and Traffic Circle (near West Side Highway) * Bronx: Henry Hudson Parkway (northbound) between the Henry Hudson Bridge and the Mosholu Parkway; Mosholu Parkway (eastbound) between Henry Hudson Parkway and West Gun Hill Road

The following streets will be closed on Sunday: * Lexington Avenue between 42nd Street and 53rd Street in Manhattan will be closed from 10 am to 6 pm for the Vanderbilt YMCA Lexington Avenue Festival * Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 6 pm for the Downtown Independent Democrats Festival * Mott Street between Canal Street and Worth Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 4 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Asian American Heritage * Northern Boulevard between 68th Street and 90th Street in Queens will be closed from noon to 3 pm for the Colombian Parade * Grand Concourse between East 166th Street and East 181st Street, East 170th Street between Grand Concourse and Sheridan Avenue, and East 167th Street between Grand Concourse and River Avenue in the Bronx will be closed from 1 pm to 5 pm for the Gran Parada Dominicana Del Bronx

The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.

Crime Prevention – Personal Safety Tips

Four ways to increase your personal safety are:

Reduce or eliminate opportunities that may make you a target.

Increase awareness in places you’re most comfortable.

Trust your instincts regardless of feeling embarrassed.

Prepare your schedule daily with safety in mind.


     Carry purses, portfolios or briefcases in a manner that will allow you to let go.  Straps placed across your shoulder, around your neck or wrapped around your waist have caused injuries because women could not free themselves during a purse snatch.

     Always be aware of your surroundings and carry your pocketbook clasp toward you, close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow as if it were a football.  If there is a long strap, wrap it around the bag.

     If someone attempts to snatch your pocket book, let go of it, especially if there is a weapon involved.  When dining out, the only place for your purse should be your lap.  The back of a chair is an easy target for a thief.  Never carry a wallet in a rear pocket; use a front trouser or an inside coat pocket.

     Be particularly aware of your purse/wallet in crowded situations, such as rush-hour trains and buses.  If you are jostled in a crowd, be aware that a pickpocket might be responsible.  Beware of arguments or commotions designed to distract you while your pocket or purse is being picked.

     Minimize the  amount  of money,  credit  cards and valuables  you carry by only taking items that are necessary for the day. Divide money between your purse/wallet and pockets.  Carry your keys on your person separate from your identification.


     Use well-populated and well-lit streets. If you suspect you’re being followed, stay away from deserted blocks and head for an area where there are people or to the nearest open store. If you’re driven home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.  Should a motorist bother you while you are walking, reverse your direction. If you are still followed, seek a safe location and yell for help, if possible.


     Upon approaching your car, look to make sure no one is hiding in or around the vehicle, especially in the back seat. Check your tires for flats.  Keep windows rolled up, except for a small opening for ventilation and keep the doors locked at all times.

     Keep valuables secured in the trunk, not lying on the seat next to you. Put your purse on the floor of your car. Plan your route before you leave. Displaying a map will send a message that you’re unfamiliar with the area.

     When stopped in traffic, always leave enough space between your car and the one in front of you. This will allow you to pass easily, if neces­sary.  Keep your car well maintained and the gas tank at least half full to avoid getting stranded.

     Should you suspect that you are being followed, make several turns down active streets. If the vehicle continues to follow, head for the nearest police station, fire house, or open store. Avoid
driving to your home. If someone attempts to force you off the road, remain calm and blow your horn continuously to attract attention. If forced off the road, stop, put your car in reverse and back away.


     Park in a well-lit area to discourage a personal attack and reduce the risk of your car being stolen. Look around before exiting your car.  Close all windows and lock the doors. Take any valuables with you.


     Have your keys ready before you get to the door.  Make sure your entrance area is well lit.  If you live in an apartment, close the lobby door behind you, especially if a stranger is approaching. Make all visitors and delivery persons use the door bell.  Place your name on the inside of the mailbox where only the mailcarrier will see it. If a name must be on the outside, use only the last name, e.g., the Smiths.

     When recording an outgoing message on your answering machine, avoid leaving your name, phone number or a message that you’re not at home.  A good message  is, “We are unable to answer the phone, please leave a message.” Say it confidently.

     If a stranger asks to use the phone, keep your door locked and tell them you will place the call for them.  If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.  Keep him/her out of your home.  Should you arrive  home and find signs of a burglary, STAY OUT.  Call 9-1-1 from a pay phone or a neighbor’s house. Wait there for the police to arrive.


     When waiting for an elevator, leave the lobby/hallway if someone makes you feel uncomfortable.
Check the elevator’s mirror before entering. Stand between the control panel and door when in the elevator.  Exit the elevator if someone enters that makes you feel uneasy. If you feel the need to give an excuse, you can say, “Oh, I forgot my mail.”  If accosted, press as many buttons as possible to try and get the elevator to stop at the next floor.


     Use only entrances marked by a green indica­tor, where there is a clerk present 24 hours a day. Have your money or metro card avail­able. Use designated waiting areas during off-peak
hours.  Ride in the conductor’s car during off-peak hours. Sit in the center of the car, away from the door, to avoid a purse or chain snatch.

     Cover jewelry; turn stone rings toward the palm side of your hand. Stay awake and aware and exit with the crowd. Wait and walk close to the wall. Wait for the bus on the sidewalk away from the
curb. Sit near the front of the bus. Be aware of your wallet/purse to avoid a pickpocket.


     Be aware of suspicious people near the en­trance. Use well-lit, well-populated ATM’s. Avoid ATM’s that have unlocked doors or are directly out on the street.  Block a bystander’s view when doing your trans­action. Use mirrors, positioned at the ATM, to see behind you. Put your money away and take your card and receipt before exiting an ATM. Your card is exclusively for your entry only. Make sure the door closes behind you.