Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law what he termed “the most ambitious and comprehensive open data legislation in the country.”
The Mayor remarked:
“If we’re going to continue leading the country in innovation and transparency, we’re going to have to make sure that all New Yorkers have access to the data that drives our City. Across City government, agencies use data to develop policy, implement programs, and track performance — and each month, our Administration shares more and more of this data with the public at large, catalyzing the creativity, intellect, and enterprising spirit of computer programmers to build tools that help us all improve our lives.”
Read more on NYC.gov
Check out this free iPhone app, created with NYC OpenData.
In July 2010, we started giving letter grades to all 24,000 of our city’s restaurants, delis and other eating establishments. These grades let customers know about the results of the Health Department’s periodic check-ups on sanitary conditions. Today, we released the first major study of how the system has worked, and there are four major findings – all of them great news for New Yorkers:
1) Kitchens across the city are cleaner. As of the end of January, a record 72% of restaurants were posting “A” grades in their windows.
2) New Yorkers overwhelmingly approve of posting the grades – by 91%, according to a Baruch College survey – and use it to make decisions about where to dine out.
3) Business is booming; restaurant revenues increased 9.3% during the first nine months of the program, compared to just 2.7% in the previous year. It just may be that clean kitchens are as good for business as clean air that is smoke-free.
4) Here is the most encouraging sign of all: Over the past year, the number of cases of salmonella infection – the best marker for foodborne illnesses – has dropped to a 20-year low.
No wonder New Yorkers support restaurant grades! The proof is in the pudding – and more than ever, the pudding is being prepared according to the highest food safety standards. And now, with our brand new iPhone and iPad app finding a clean kitchen around town is as easy as ABC.
The New York Times just launched a restaurant inspections map using NYC Open Data.
New York Health Department Restaurant Ratings Map
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene performs unannounced sanitary inspections of every restaurant at least once per year. Violation points result in a letter grade, which can be explored in the map below, along with violation descriptions. The information on this map will be updated periodically. For menus and reviews by New York Times critics, visit our restaurants guide.
-Jeremy White, The New York Times
NYC Zip Code Boundaries
Photos from the launch of the citywide Facebook page, Foursquare badge, Tumblr and Twitter at the Tumblr Headquarters.
Photos from the NYC Mayor’s Office Flickr, by Kristen Artz.
As New York City’s dog lovers anxiously await the crowning of this year’s “Best In Show” at The Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, we estimated the number of pets (dogs and cats only) that call New York City their home.
Based on our analysis, we estimate that there are approximately 1.1 million pets in the City (600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats), or an ownership rate of about one pet for every three households. This figure is lower than the national average (about 60%), as you might expect given the City’s tighter living quarters and that some apartment buildings still do not allow pets. As shown in the above map, dogs and cats seem to really enjoy living near Central Park and the back yards of Staten Island.
Read the rest of our analysis via our StatsBee column on the NYCEDC blog.