Gothamist did a piece about NYC.com offering email addresses and their not cheap. The article looks at all of the recent attention around “NYC” branding. The new .NYC extension is mentioned along with the offering of email addresses from NYC.com.
From the article:
The email addresses are not free, they come with a monthly rent ($69, $99, $199, and $999 a month are the current prices). So, for example: a three character one (email@example.com) costs $99/month, and a one character email (firstname.lastname@example.org) costs $999/month. That’s $11,988 a year. In comparison: Gmail costs $0, and all your friends use it; Earthlink is also free, and all your grandmas use it. You have options that don’t include pricing tiers like this: