October 21, 2021

Work on NYPL Historical GIS Project Proceeding Faster than Planned, More than 7700 Maps Already Online

Kudos and Congrats to the NYPL GIS project team! From a NYPL Blog Post by Matt Knutzen: In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library a three year grant, the New York City Historical Geographic Information Systems project, building […]

Ready Reference: New York City Green Book Now Available Online, Searchable

From an Introduction by Mayor Michael Bloomberg: For nearly a century, the Green Book has kept New Yorkers informed about the agencies, offices, boards, and commissions that keep our dynamic City running. This year, to complement the traditional printed edition, we are proud to publish the first truly “green” Green Book-a searchable, up-to-date City directory […]

New York City Dept. of Education Releases Social Media Guidelines for Teachers

From the AP: New York City has issued its first social media guidelines for public school teachers. The guidelines, which stop short of an outright ban, urge teachers to reject friend requests or other contact with students on their personal accounts. Department of Education officials said there are no consequences for not abiding by the […]

The New York City Department of Records Launches Database Containing More than 870,000 Digitized Items

From the AP: The city Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database Tuesday. A previously unpublicized link to the images has been live for about two weeks. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the photographs feature all manner of city […]

Interactive Map: New York City Energy Mapping Project (Block by Block Data)

via The Guardian: For any given block or lot you can view total fuel use as well as the proportion that is estimated to go on space-heating, electricity, space-cooling and hot water. As you might expect, blocks in Manhattan generally have the highest total energy use, while the majority of the lowest figures are found […]

Open-Source, Real-Time Bus Tracking Is Coming to All of New York City

Update: New from the City of New York: “Interactive Map Shows NYC Street Closures” (via NBC New York) Direct to NYC Street Closures Via TechPresident: New York City’s public transit provider, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is set to pour millions of dollars into a high-tech project that will give New Yorkers a real-time view into […]

New York Public Library: "Unbinding the Atlas: Working with Digital Maps"

From an Informative and Educational NYPL Blog Post by Matt Knutzen: The NYPL has now scanned nearly all of our public domain New York City atlases (a collection of now more than 10,000 maps, the wonderfully graphical title page at left is from a recently scanned Sanborn atlas of Staten Island) and built a web tool […]

Reference: New York City: "Detailed Crime Data Online" (New Database)

From the Greenpoint Reporter: The Crime and Safety Report, located at DNAinfo.com, is the first of its kind, said one of the site’s creators, Murray Weiss. It includes interactive features, specific details and numbers by neighborhood, allows users to compare statistics between neighborhoods and boroughs, and provides stories tailored for each area. After discussing plans […]