New York City becomes even more beautiful when the sun begins to set. Every day, there is a moment when the sun fits perfectly between buildings, so that rays of light reflect among the skyscrapers.
Twice a year, when the sun aligns with the east-west midtown street grid it creates a phenomenon known as “Manhattanhenge.” Yet it’s possible to experience henge events during every sunset all over the city. Last year, using data from NYC Open Street Maps (OSM) and various technologies, folks at CartoDB created a map that locates every “NYChenge” that occurs in New York City every single day.
Exploring urban data through New York City subway maps
Tunnel Vision NYC, a new app created by Bill Lindmeier as a thesis project at ITP / NYU, layers data from the MTA and U.S. Census Bureau on MTA subway maps. Simply point your phone at the map to see data visualizations of turnstile activity, rent prices, income and more.
Mayor de Blasio has set the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities in New York City. We’re looking to the civic tech community to help us achieve that vision.
Explore NYC’s 1,053,713 buildings by year of construction.
NYC Collaboration with OpenStreetMap
The OpenStreetMap (OSM) community is adding vital NYC OpenData to the OSM database.
While New York City is among the nation’s most dense cities, the Department of City Planning's Projected Population 2000 - 2030 dataset, available on the NYC Open Data portal, provides borough population projections that demonstrate how density differs across the five boroughs.
This graphic shows the approximate population per square mile in each borough in 2000, as well as 2030 projected population per square mile.
Independently designed and launched by Microsoft Research’s Future Social Experiences Labs’ Kati London, HereHere playfully integrates NYC Open Data offering a new perspective on NYC 311 Service Request data. HereHere aggregates non-emergency 311 requests received by phone, web, text and mobile app, into neighborhoods and departs from purely data-based visualizations by assigning a human-reaction to the top service requests. Users can click on a neighborhood to see the current status based on recent complaints as well as the top complaint from the prior year.
For example, the High Bridge neighborhood summed up recent 311 requests saying, “I feel frustrated. Ack! It’s been a while since this has come up, a few reports of wildlife sightings and a few dog off leash reports. More than I’ve seen of this in a while, and a few concerns about a restaurant.”
Each neighborhood also has a Twitter feed and a daily email summary for those who would like the information delivered. Next, Kati and her team plan to add a location-finder, so users can identify which of the 42 neighborhoods they belong to by zip code.
Follow a neighborhood by email or Twitter via the links below:
New York City is going global (and local!); in 2011, 15 New Yorkers were named Brooklyn, 15 were named Dakota, 10 were named Kenya, and 129 were named London. Though none of these names made the top twenty for either boys or girls, this graphic shows the baby names that dominated both the City and New York State.
Data for the most popular New York City names comes from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s "Most Popular Baby Names by Sex and Mother’s Ethnicity" dataset, available on the NYC Open Data Portal, while data on New York State names is available on the New York State Open NY website.