NYC Open Data Project Mapped: Interactive Visualization of All NYCOpenData

Using the wealth of information provided to the public through NYC's Open Data project, designer and data-junkie Chris Wong maps over 1100 datasets (from New York City agencies and other City organizations available for public use) in this incredible visualization of public New York City data.

The amount of data is truly mind-boggling.  This graph is a window into the incredible amount of information available about the City of New York, and though it takes a few seconds to load (rendering thought the charting library d3.js), nycopendata displays hundreds of datasets organized by categories of local government.  Open Data sections include Housing and Development, City Government, Social Services, Environment, Recreation, Health, Education, Public Safety, Business and Transportation.  Within each category, are hundreds of public records (tables, charts, maps, downloadable files and links) pertaining to violations, demographics, evacuation zones, public housing, and all manner of maps, lists, directories, etc.  At your fingertips is a library of public knowledge, from active medallions for taxi drivers, to a list of all the screens in Times Square to the rental income of coops and condos in Brooklyn provided by the Dept.of Finance

The potential practical applications of this data, to programmers, tech companies and and businesses, as well as to legislators and public policy itself, have yet to be realized.  In fact, even sorting through troves of information is a bit daunting, because comparing isolated statistics do not give them context  (i.e. stats on crime data or public parks may not lend insight on local real estate values, for example.) However, making this information publicly available is an incredible step towards transparency in government, and a great public service to tech in New York City.

  -via Chris Whong 

Bike Lanes to Buildings - How Bloomberg Reshaped New York - NYTimes Infographic

In spite of a recession and foreclosure crisis, the mayor presided over a boom in residential construction, encompassing everything from new aeries for the rich in Manhattan to disappearing vacant lots in the South Bronx. New York has added 40,000 new buildings since he took office, and the census counted an additional 170,000 housing units in 2010, up from 10 years earlier, more than any other city. Neighborhoods with the most growth: post-9/11 downtown; the West Side from Chelsea to Lincoln Square and Central Harlem in Manhattan; the Rockaways, Long Island City and Flushing, Queens; Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; the South Bronx. 
Turf War Over Asphalt The mayor fought a war of attrition with the automobile. He sought to transform bicycling from a recreational activity into a real alternative to cars. By 2013, the city had added about 450 miles of bike lanes carved mostly from the city's roadways. Some curbs and medians were installed to separate pedalers from cars, but many of the lanes were demarcated simply with painted asphalt, much as blue paint divided automobiles from pedestrians along sections of Times Square and Broadway. Mr. Bloomberg lost his most ambitious offensive against cars when the State Legislature defeated his plan for “congestion pricing” in 2008, but he doubled down on biking with a popular bike-sharing system this year.
 -via NYTimes

Nominative Determinism

Nominative determinism (ND) is the theory that a person's name can have a significant role in determining key aspects of job, profession or even character. It was a commonly held notion in the ancient world.

Synonyms and/or related concepts include: aptronym, apronym, aptonym, jobonyms, 'namephreaks', onomastic determinism, 'perfect fit last names' (PFLNs), psychonymics and, classically, the notion that nomen est omen, or όνομα ορίζοντας. Tom Stoppard in his play Jumpers labelled the phenomenon cognomen syndrome.[1]

A related term, to refer to a name peculiarly suited to its owner, is aptronym, said to have been coined by the US newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams. The distinction between cognitive determinacy and a mere aptronym is seen as subtle but fundamental: i.e. post hoc vs propter hoc. ND researchers are sometimes referred to as comiconomenclaturists — connoisseurs of humorous names.

 vie Wikipedia

MTA Transit Calculator: Travel Time Heatmap for any Subway in NYC by WNYC

WNYC just created a fantastic transit calculator map for travel time from borough to neighborhood to zipcode in New York City. Just type in a desired address, and you can see average travel times to anywhere in the five boroughs. This is my average travel-time living on East Broadway on the Lower East Side.  The red colors indicate a less than ten minute commute, ranging from purple showing over and hour and a half travel time. 


This is a great tool if you're looking for a new apartment in a new neighborhood, but aren't sure about how long you'll spend in transit during your work commute.