The domain name home.nyc is now not part of the .nyc auction as it was registered for $30 because of a glitch.
Yesterday it was announced that there is going to be a .NYC premium domain name auction at Namejet.
I took the list of 20 domains from the auctions.nyc website. The list included the domain home.nyc. The domain is no longer part of the auction. The domain name that is going to be auctioned off is homes.nyc.
The Neustar press release that came after I took the list from auctions.nyc corrected the domain with the replacement domain and includes homes.nyc in the list and not home.nyc. Neustar is the official .nyc backend registry.
The Namejet webpage featuring the auction only includes 19 domain names. It has neither home.nyc or homes.nyc. That is probably because they were informed for the problem and they took out home.nyc. Homes.nyc should be added in the list soon.
Now the most interesting part is that home.nyc was registered yesterday by someone from Staten Island at Hexonet. The registration and renewal price of the domain is about $30 per year.
Now this is what I think happened:
- The original 19 domains including were registered in the city’s name on August 26 in anticipation of the auction.
- Home.nyc was not registered at the time and somehow it got out of the reserved list yesterday.
- The owner noticed the domain was available after the auction was announced and registered it.
- 6 hours later Neustar registers homes.nyc to fix the problem and replace the domain in the auction but the damage had already been done. Home.nyc was gone.
Here are the creation dates of the domains involved:
Domain Name: LIVING.NYC (+ all other 18 domains)
Creation Date: 2016-08-26T20:41:37Z
Domain Name: HOME.NYC
Creation Date: 2016-09-22T12:46:14Z
Domain Name: HOMES.NYC
Creation Date: 2016-09-22T18:38:02Z
OnlineDomain talked with Neustar they said that they won’t take away the domain from the current owner:
“Regarding home.nyc, you are correct that the domain name was registered by someone in Staten Island, New York, yesterday morning. As such, it will not be a part of the .nyc auction, and has been replaced by the premium domain name homes.nyc. The domain name was released into general availability as the result of a glitch during the auction set-up process. Since the registrant meets the nexus requirements, we will not be taking steps to take it back. We wish the registrant well, and are looking forward to a great auction!”
I have contacted the owner of the domain name Home.nyc and will update this story if I hear back.