maps, Transportation

City Hall Subway Station

City Hall subway station via John-Paul Palescandolo

We all know now that NYC has the worst commutes in the nation and that our subway system just keeps getting more unbearable. So it makes perfect sense that proposals for new train lines and alternate modes of transit like gondolas, ferry systems, and streetcars keep popping up.

But this isn’t a new phenomena; there have been many proposed subway lines that were never built, as well as stations that were taken out of service. A fun interactive map from WNYC called Lost Subways shows both of these, illustrating the subway that could have been.

Explore the map here

City Living, maps, real estate trends

city kids, subway, families, urban living

Image © Matthew Richmond

It’s no secret that families are ditching Manhattan for Brooklyn or the Suburbs, where they can get more space for their money and maybe even a backyard, but a new report shows the shifting dynamics of those families who decide to stay in the big city.

According to amNY, the analysis conducted by shows that only 6 percent of households in Hell’s Kitchen and the Financial District have a child under 18 living in them, and in neighborhoods like Midtown, Soho, the West Village, and Gramercy, most of which are often thought of as more family-friendly, only 7 percent of households have at least one youngster. To be expected, Battery Park City is ranked as the most child-friendly neighborhood, where 36 percent of households have a child. Another shoo-in is Tribeca at 26 percent. Surprisingly, East Harlem at 32 percent, Harlem at 29 percent, and the Lower East Side at 20 percent round out the top five, none considered traditionally family-oriented.

See the full map here

maps, real estate trends

where it costs the most to own a home martin prosperity institute

Image via CityLab

Have you been thinking about buying a home in NYC? Well if you’re single, get ready for a life of mortgage-gouging hardship. A new study conducted by the Martin Prosperity Institute takes a look at how much Americans spend on housing, where in the United States we’re spending the most, and how many years we’ll need to put in if we want to own a home in a big city.

maps and results here

maps, photography, Social Media, Transportation

Though many of us would rather not look at another train once we get done with our daily commutes, others of us revel in the images of railfandom, a subculture of train enthusiasts. One self-professed rail geek, Nick Benson, even went so far as to create the Railfan Atlas, a worldwide collection of Flickr train photos. The images are geotagged, and there’s a heat map that shows the hottest spots for train porn.

Click here to see the most popular spots in NYC for railfandom

maps, real estate trends

MAS 421a tax exemption map

By now it’s no secret that there’s an unbalanced tax system in place for those living in the city’s luxury towers, but exactly how much is being lost–and where–has for the most part been a mystery. To shed some light on just how much of our money goes into subsidizing the likes of One57 and its eye-poppingly expensive friends, the Municipal Arts Society (MAS) has created a map (h/t Gothamist) that shows not only how much tax each of the city’s top buildings skip out on annually under the 421a tax abatement, but how long their exemption will last—which together can add up to staggering amounts for many. Last year alone, MAS found that we forfeited $1.1 billion in tax revenue and 60 percent of that went to building apartments in Manhattan targeted at the 1 percent.

Find out more here


map of the world's richest people

Ever wondered where the world’s richest people live? While London and New York are ol’ standbys, as you may have guessed, it looks like the wealthiest of the wealthy are popping up in completely new locales. CityLab recently took a look at Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2015, which identifies the world’s “ultra-high-net-worth individuals” (UHNWI), a set of the global population that accounts for those with more than $30 million or more in net assets, and found that there are roughly 173,000 people in the world who fall in this category. To put that number in perspective, these folks make up the upper 0.002 percent of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants and hold over $20 trillion of its money.

Find out more here

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Features, maps

Generationed City, where millenials live

Maps have changed quite a bit since we were kids. The information age and rapidly evolving technology have allowed us to turn once-intimidating amounts of data and numbers into cool visualizations that can totally transform the way we understand the world. From looking at where tourists flock in our city to surveying how old every building in Manhattan is to measuring just how noisy NYC is compared to the rest of the states, here are seven of our favorite city maps—all of which will help navigate New York in a whole new way.

Who doesn’t a love a good map?


michael appuhn oil and chemical spill maps 2

When we think of chemicals, oil spills and toxic land, locales like Gowanus and Freshkills are among the first to come to mind. But all across the city are hotspots where spills have taken place. In an ongoing project called NYC Anthropocene, graphic designer and data guru Michael Appuhn is documenting all the areas where the city has seen these flubs since 2010, as well as some of the areas in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens storing oil, petroleum and various chemicals in bulk. While the map isn’t really anything to have a scare over—many of these are used for home heating or are fuel stations (although we won’t discount that spills can cause groundwater contamination including some public water supplies)—it’s interesting to see the distribution across the city.

See the map in full here

City Living, maps

apartable violations

Looking to buy in NYC is a task, but finding the right place to rent can be a veritable nightmare. While apartments may look spic ‘n span on the surface, oftentimes tenants find out the hard way (e.g. after hastily throwing down thousands on a broker fee and signing a two-year lease for fear of losing out on the space) that their landlord is pretty terrible when it comes to maintenance and safety. Enter Apartable, a new website that helps potential tenants investigate whether or not a building they’re interested in is a slum they need to avoid, or if it’s up to snuff.

Find out more here

City Living, maps

placeilive stats map nyc brooklyn

No, this isn’t a celebrity stalker map. This cool new map from PlaceILive lets you find out more about how your neighborhood rates when it comes to everything from demographics to health to transportation to daily life, safety, sports and leisure and entertainment, which even takes into account how many ramen houses and cheese shops are within reach.

Find out more here


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