History, maps, More Top Stories

6sqft previously reported on the “time machine” map function that allowed users to navigate overlaid maps from 1600 to the present to see what used to occupy our favorite present-day places. Now, the New York Public Library has released the Space/Time Directory, a “digital time-travel service” that puts the library’s map collection–including more than 8,000 maps and 40,000 geo-referenced photos–to work along with geospatial tools to allow users to see the city’s development happen over more than a century, all in one convenient place. Hyperallergic reports that the project, supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation, plots 5,000 digitized street maps across the five boroughs, organized by decade from 1850 to 1950.

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With the National Weather Service now predicting one to two feet of snow on the way, this handy web app will make storm groupies happy with future and current weather conditions in animated form. It’s all here in the Ventusky web application, developed by Pilsen-based Czech meteorological company InMeteo in collaboration with Marek Mojzík and Martin Prantl. The fascinating app displays meteorological data from around the world so you can monitor weather development for any place on earth and waver between complete denial and the thrill of a good natural disaster ahead of–and during–Tuesday’s predicted blizzard.

See what’s coming

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From parks and kids’ camps to food pantries, a new map–just launched in Beta mode–from the Department of City Planning lets you visually explore a database of over 35,000 records from 43 different city, state and federal agency data sources, according to DNAinfo. You can see how your community stacks up when it comes to schools, police precincts, waste dumps, free legal help, ADA facilities, resources for children and seniors and much more, and find resources when you need them. The intention of the NYC Facilities Explorer is to give community boards, council members and agencies an easy way to locate services quickly when they’re considering future projects in various parts of the city.

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Countries of origin for NYC’s refugees in 2002; map: DNAinfo

In the years since the 9/11 terror attacks, somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 people have sought refuge in New York City. Around 8,066 refugees have entered the United States through the city according to U.S. State Department Refugee Processing Center data. This week, President Donald Trump called for restrictions on entry to the U.S. for refugees and immigrants from the predominantly Muslim nations of Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Syria. A map of the world’s nations, courtesy of DNAinfo, shows the 59 countries from which New York City’s refugees have come each year since 2002.

Find out how many refugees have actually come to NYC from those countries

Book Reviews, City Living, maps

Judgmental Maps, Trent Gillaspie, Maps, New York City, Manhattan Brooklyn, Neighborhoods, Cartography, book,

Residents of today’s cities and neighborhoods are acutely aware of the cultural histories and social nuances that shape them almost as much as their streets and bridges, architecture and businesses. A few years ago Trent Gillaspie’s “judgmental maps,” from his site by the same name, hit a nerve and went viral; the totally unserious (but not necessarily inaccurate) maps pair geography with a snapshot of real life in modern cities, towns and neighborhoods. Gillaspie’s “Judgmental New York City” was spot on in many ways with its Manhattan of “amply rich people,” “super rich people,” “aging punks” and the “worst train station ever” and a Brooklyn that went from Jay-Z to Zombies. Now, Gillaspie is releasing a book (h/t Untapped) of his signature reality-check maps, including an updated New York City map and the city’s neighborhoods, decoded.

Your city, judged

Art, maps

Nonstop Metropolis, Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, maps, new york city, san francisco, new orleans, art, cartography, books, Infinite City, Unfathomable City, Rebecca Snedeker, Harlem, Staten Island, Trash Map, Commuter Map

When writers and artists–particularly ones who have a keen understanding of cities–venture into the world of maps, you can bet the results will be fascinating and illuminating. “Nonstop Metropolis,” a new atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (6sqft recently discovered the “City of Women” subway map from the book) offers 26 New York City maps that “cue us into understanding who is here” according to Solnit. As Wired puts it in their review, the result is “a diverse array of deeply particular maps” that combine imaginative and fanciful imagery with the colorful cultural history beneath the city’s diverse neighborhoods and landmarks and the people who live among them.

Check out some fabulous maps

City Living, maps

If you want to know when and where you can experience autumn in all its glory, look no further than this incredible map from The predictive map is the ingenious creation of Wes Melton, an engineer who developed a complex algorithm that can compute several million data points—ranging from historical temperatures to historical precipitation and forecast temperatures—to forecast exactly when fall will reach its fiery perfection in any given county across the United States.

Give the interactive map a try here

From Our Partners, maps

nyc air pollution

You might be able to get some fresh air in Manhattan—if you hang out in Central Park all day. Otherwise, the hazards of breathing city air change just about as quickly as it takes for your Uber to arrive at your destination, according to a new study from MIT Senseable City Lab.

The MIT team came up with a new tool for determining the air-quality conditions and exposure hazards of different areas of the city: cellphones. Using cellphone data collected from New Yorkers over 120 days, and focusing on the prevalence of PM2.5 (a specific noxious particle) at different times of day, the researchers found that New Yorkers who live and work in Manhattan are exposed to more toxic pollution than residents who leave their Manhattan jobs and go home to the far reaches of the outer boroughs.


Celebrities, maps

filmed in nyc map

Did you know that parts of “The Wolf of Wall Street” were shot in Fort Greene? Or that several stretches of Williamsburg appear in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”? Filmed in NYC culls three years of NYC movie filming permits and funnels them into an interactive—and quite entertaining—map that’s sure to get even the most jaded New Yorker “oh huh, that’s cool” at least once. Created by Metrocosm, the map highlights an impressive 17,241 filming locations and 517 movies, a mix of blockbusters and B-movies among them.

more on the map here

maps, Transportation

Mapping Subways, Buses, and Free Transfers in One Place

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, August 10, 2016

One MetroCard. One map. Done.This new set of maps from map obsessive Anthony Denaro shows all the ways we can use the New York City transit system’s unlimited MetroCard and transfers in one convenient, color-coded place. This includes both subways and buses, and important junctions where you can transfer within and between them.

Included are all NYC transit services that can be accessed with an unlimited MetroCard. As the map’s creator puts it, “Millions of NYC residents live beyond a 15-minute walk to a subway station. Hundreds of thousands of people start their commute by boarding a bus and then transferring to the subway. This is a map for us. One complex transit map, for one complex transit-reliant city.”

The map, and the idea behind it

City Living, maps, Transportation

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A new interactive New York City subway planning game created by electrical engineer Jason Wright gives you a chance to try your hand at building the subway system of your dreams. Though based on a similar idea to Dinosaur Polo Club’s Mini Metro, the game goes further and gives players a lot more to work with. “Brand New Subway” lets players start from scratch or use current subway maps, modify historic maps dating as far back as the 1900s or use maps from the future (like the planned 2025 subway system map pictured above) (h/t DNAinfo).

Try your hand at playing god of the subways

City Living, maps

NYC Rat Map, rat information portal

From the fine folks at the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene comes this most informative interactive map of the five boroughs that tells you whether you’ll need to keep an eye on your pizza. The Rat Information Portal (RIP) gives you the facts about rats in NYC—where they are and what you can do about them. You can search the city, building by building—handy if you’re thinking of renting or buying an apartment—to get the 411 on potential pest problems of the furry kind.

Let’s find some rats

City Living, maps

map of every city, maps, chaz hutton

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This “Map of Every City,” penned by Chaz Hutton (via Big Think) supplies us with a bite-sized answer to the question we’ve probably all asked at one time or another — why do all major cities seem to be carbon copies of one another? And chances are there’s at least one burg in your borough that fits the description of “Cool Area That Your Parents Would Have Avoided in the ’80s.”

Look familiar? Check out the full-size map here

Featured Story

City Living, Features, maps, Neighborhoods

Some of us are all too familiar with matching services where you provide info about yourself and you get back a list of, er, interesting possibilities. But sorting data to find your ideal neighborhood match could be especially helpful when home-hunting in New York City, given the mind-boggling set of choices–it makes sense to get potential picks from things that actually exist (like parks and grocery stores), rather than being hopefully embellished. From the neighborhood data entrepreneurs at PlaceILive comes, a newly-launched lifestyle-based home finder that matches you with your ideal New York City neighborhoods based on your answers to nine quick questions.

Find out which neighborhood’s right for you

City Living, maps

millennial median income USA map

This year, snake people became the largest share of the U.S.’s voting-age population, surpassing 76.4 million baby boomers for the title. But while this younger generation (generally defined as those born between 1981 and 1997) may be dominating in numbers, they’re trailing when it comes to their median annual salaries.

This map created by Business Insider using data from the from the Minnesota Population Center’s 2014 “American Community Survey” in the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series reveals just what working snake people are earning annually—and the results are somewhat depressing. While Midwest states showing medians in the low 20s aren’t all that shocking given a lower cost of living, it is surprising to see that economic power players like California and New York ring in at just $21,900 and $25,000, respectively.

See the map in detail here

City Living, maps, Policy


There’s a lot to complain about in New York, but few of us have the opportunity to make our voices heard. As such, the New York City Council has created the Idea Collection Map, a handy map tool that allows you to suggest improvements you’d like to see in your neighborhood, and anywhere else, right from your computer screen.

How to send in your suggestions here

Major Developments, Manhattan, maps, New Developments

A animated sample of the Every Demolition in Manhattan map, click ahead for a more detailed view

You’ve surely realized by now that New York is in the midst of a building boom, but if all the cranes and scaffolding rising from the ground aren’t enough convince you that you’re living in a pretty historic moment, look no further than this incredible map to put all that construction in perspective. Called Every Demolition in Manhattan, this animated survey tracks every demolition that’s taken place in the city from 2003 through 2014.

find out more here

Art, maps

#Rorschmap, Rorschach Blots, kaleidoscope maps, james bridle

Yes, it’s only Tuesday…The fact that we’ve barely made a dent in the week is probably about to send you (like us) spiraling into a mental breakdown. But don’t fret, here’s a fun way to check in on your emotional well-being while also killing some time from the convenience of your desk—and all powered by Google at that! Called the #Rorschmap, this fun app allows you punch in any address, and in return for your efforts, it’ll offer up a mesmerizing kaleidoscopic design of your requested locale.

Take a mental break with the #Rorschmap here

Art, maps, Technology, Urban Design

a place to departure, personalized patterns, pattern art

Nope, this isn’t some kind of spam mail scheme. Called A Place to Departure, this incredible app harnesses the power of Google Maps and pairs it with a clever algorithm to generate a pattern, unique to you, based on your location. With results ranging from leafy designs to Rubik’s cube-like motifs, you’re likely to find yourself inputting your entire address book before you know it.

Find out more here

Architecture, Art, maps

Whimsical Map Colorfully Details 400+ New York Icons

By Diane Pham, Mon, August 31, 2015

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A couple weeks ago we dug up a map from the 1950s that offered up a mind-boggling menagerie of all things New York. With over 300 points of interest hand-illustrated in painstaking detail, we found ourselves overtaken with with awe. Now, comes yet another marvelous map courtesy of Rafael Esquer, founder of Soho’s Alfalfa Studio. His stunning depiction—aptly named Iconic New York™— is made up of over 400 hand-drawn city icons. A labor of love, the piece took Esquer an incredible two-and-a-half years to complete.

more on iconic New York™ here

Art, Design, maps


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LEGO has for years been turning NYC landmarks into scale models that allow us to enjoy their architectural splendor at a more human scale. But here’s an artist that’s morphed the entire island of Manhattan, its surrounding boroughs, and all of its structures into a trippy visualization that lets us take in the city’s topography from another vantage.

More on the image here

maps, Transportation

nyc subway system map overlaid over manhattan aerial image, nyc subway aerial

When we head underground and board the subway, most of us don’t give much thought to all the streets and landmarks we’ll be zipping past as we move along to our destination. But here’s an incredible mash-up from map enthusiast Anorian that offers a much different perspective on exactly where the subway travels. An amalgamation of digital photos taken from a commercial plane and the expert mapping of each line, this beautiful image is far more captivating and insightful than any printed or online map out there.

See more views here

City Living, maps


Remember: Don’t blame the dog, blame its lazy owner.

On some NYC streets, navigating the crap that covers the sidewalks can be like running a gantlet. And as this map created by The Economist shows, there are definitely some neighborhoods that have it worse than others. Compiled from complaints submitted across all the boroughs, as seen above, the shittiest nabes of 2014 include Upper Manhattan on the east side, a good deal of the Bronx, Bed-Stuy and, unsurprisingly, Bushwick, where just last year neighborhood artists were glittering the deserted turds of their furry friends in gold.

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maps, Neighborhoods

The New York Public Library is currently putting together a map of New York City neighborhoods represented in the pages of our favorite books. Novels set in the five boroughs are added to the map as readers suggest them, along with nearby landmarks and attractions so you can get your literary bearings. Currently most of the listed titles in are in Manhattan (“American Psycho” in the Financial District, “Catcher in the Rye” in Central Park, to name just a few); Team Brooklyn is looking sparse (Hello? Paul Auster?), and The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island need you!

Suggest your favorite neighborhood novels…

City Living, maps

Day vs. Night: What NYC’s Population Looks Like

By Diane Pham, Tue, July 14, 2015

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New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it certainly pulsates far differently depending on what time of day it is. This fascinating map created by Joe Lertola gives us an idea of just how population-filled areas of Manhattan get during working hours, and how the city empties out at night when most workers head back to their homes in the suburbs.

More on how it was created here


Money Mapped: New York Has the Same GDP as Spain

By Diane Pham, Thu, May 28, 2015

US states with similar economies around the world.jpg

We all have a general idea as to which states contribute the most to the nation’s GDP, but this handy map offers a little more food for thought. Created by Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute, the map compares the gross domestic product of each U.S. state with the national GDP of economies abroad.

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City Living, Design, maps, Technology

towit app nyc

Few things are as enraging and unnerving as the way New Yorkers drive. And although no one wants to be a tattletale, there’s finally a way to help better patrol bad drivers right from our smartphones. Called TowIt, this handy app allows concerned citizens to snap photos of motor violations, geo-tag them, and then send them in real-time for ticketing or towing by law enforcement and city officials.

Find out more and where to download the app

City Living, maps

popular US foods, eating habits united states, food trends

Though we often chalk American cuisine down to hamburgers and apple pie, in reality folks across the country indulge in foods far more diverse. Foursquare and Mapbox have created a new map that reveals what foods Americans are statistically eating more of in every state. To make the map, they used an algorithm that analyzed Foursquare’s data set of menus, tips, and ratings—which represent stats from some 55 million users and two million businesses worldwide over the span of six years—and zoomed in on the food and drink items that appeared to be “disproportionately popular” across the states. In addition to getting what was uniquely popular to each state, they were also able to use the algorithm to determine just how much more—represented as a percentage—individuals seek out that favored food or drink item as compared to the national average. So, what do New York inhabitants crave the most? Hint: It’s not pizza.

FInd out here

maps, Transportation

TRAVIC, GeOPS, Public Transit Map, Visualization, University of Freiburg, Data Map, Subway, Mass Transit

If you’ve ever marveled at how the world’s public transit systems keep people moving across town and back every day, TRAVIC (Transit Visualization Client), which shows scheduled routes of trains and buses as well as real-time positions (the MTA provides real-time data feeds) from more than 200 public transportation systems worldwide, will keep you busy for a while. The data map, created by Swiss-German IT company GeOps and the University of Freiburg, lets you watch the C train (or your own regular punishment) crawl slowly through its scheduled stops–and wonder why there seem to be so many more trains running on the Paris Metro.

More this way

City Living, maps

music map of new york city

Decades later, and New Yorkers are still gyrating to the tunes of the Rolling Stones. The Journal recently culled the top artists and songs played in bars and restaurants across the city (via e-jukebox vendor TouchTunes) into a map, and they found that although New York is about as diverse as they come, we pretty much all love the same music—or at least groove to the same stuff as we throw back a few.

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