I'm a subcontractor providing framing and carpentry finishing in new york city. but im not licensed. also i don't contain signed contracts with my clients am i eligible to file a lien ?
Especially if the work is residential, you may run into some trouble without a license, as there are often special requirements including contractual requirements as well. If it's commerical, you may still run into problems, but it's generally not as big of a deal since you're a subcontractor. Remember that it doesnt have to be a formal "signed contract;" if you submitted a proposal and began working without objection from the contractor then you likely have a contract. Lastly, please realize that you could have a breach of contract claim against the contractor, and not just lien rights. This is a tricky issue, be careful.
Are you working for a contractor or for the home owner. If you are working for the home owner without a license, that is a problem. if you are working for a contractor, then you may have lien rights, depending on timing.