If you’re a regular 6sqft reader you know that real estate and architecture news here in NYC moves at the speed of light. Projects change architects overnight; celebrities are constantly buying and selling their multi-million-dollar pads; and it seems like everyday there’s a new development announcement. The gastronomy crowd can make the same claim, though, as restaurants constantly open and close, chefs come in and out, and the food of the moment goes from cronut to fried chicken sandwich in a matter of days.
To help foodies stay up on their news, Blockfeed, a news app that uses geographic location to determine one’s feed, has created the Food News in NYC map, a five-borough interactive platform that provides local food happenings (h/t DNAinfo). According to the site, “This map frees you to explore the last 60 days of food news in NYC, amounting to roughly 3,000 articles about new restaurants, festivals, pop-ups, nightlife, and more.”
The timing of Food News in NYC is perfect, as just last week the Department of Consumer Affairs released their map of all 1,357 sidewalk cafés in the city, as well as how many outdoor tables and chairs are allowed, pending applications, license status, and health grades. Blockfeed co-founder Ben Goldman told DNAinfo, “The closer a story is to the reader, the more interesting it is. A simple story about a café opening isn’t that interesting for the general news reader. But if it opens up on your block, the exact same story can become supremely relevant.” Food News in NYC provides content for the past 60 days, and so far around 3,000 stories have been added from 200 sources.
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Cronut image via ccho/Flickr