12/05/12 2:00pm


We’ve mentioned the Google Crisis Map a number of times – when it came to finding gas, before and after photos of Breezy Point, and general help in navigating the city in an immediate post-Sandy world. They keep adjusting it – adding and subtracting layers  (for instance, the layer having to do with finding gas during the shortage is no longer there) – to keep it current and relevant.

One of the newer layers is the MapMill layer, which has to do with crowdsourcing to analyze images of the still damaged areas, through human eyes. (more…)

11/20/12 9:30am


Image source: NYDN – Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski near Beach 101st Street

The NY Daily News reports on the “unprecedented” destruction of the Rockaway boardwalk caused by Hurricane Sandy. People knew it was bad but were still astonished at the damage. In the words of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), “A symbol of the destruction has been the boardwalk.” Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said, “It’s sheer devastation.”


11/05/12 11:00am


Image source: Google – click to enlarge

We mentioned both the Google Crisis Map: Superstorm Sandy and the Google Crisis Map: Superstorm Sandy: NYC on October 28, which at that point had a few things to offer – the location of the storm, webcams, and a few other things. Since then, it’s exploded with information that is incredibly valuable during this post-Sandy world in NYC. More about the map:

This map displays information about current crises and events for which the Google Crisis Response team has collected geographic information. The data comes from a variety of sources, including official information sources and user-generated content. See the Layers list for additional details about each layer.

Tips for using this site:

  • Zoom the map using either the on-screen controls or your mouse.
  • Find additional layers in the Layers list, where you can turn them on or off. Scroll to see all layers.
  • Zoom to an appropriate view for each layer by clicking the “Zoom to area” links in the Layers list.
  • View selected layers in Google Earth by clicking the “Download KML” links in the Layers list.
  • Share the map in e-mail by clicking the Share button and copying the URL provided there. The URL will restore your current view, including the set of layers that you have turned on.
  • Embed the map on your website or blog by getting a snippet of HTML code from the Share button.
  • Share the link on Google+, Twitter or Facebook by clicking the appropriate button in the Share window.

If you wish to provide feedback or comments on the map, or if you are aware of map layers or other datasets that you would like to see included on our maps, please submit them for our evaluation using this form.