02/13/13 2:00pm

Over the months, we’ve featured a number of maps on QueensNYC – what can we say, we think maps are pretty interesting, especially the interactive ones. Here’s a roundup of maps that have caught our eye – we hope you enjoy them a second time around!

1940s New York: See what your neighborhood used to be like with this interactive map


Using this interactive map, republished by the CUNY Graduate Center from a 1943 “NYC Market Analysis” newspaper feature, we can see snapshots of what life used to be like back in the day. The roads looked a lot calmer, with only a few cars and no lane markings; vertical store signs were abundant on commercial streets, too. The original population statistics and real estate information are viewable on the website as well.


02/05/13 3:00pm


Image source: WNYC

We love this map called Dogs of NYC – it shows the most common names and breeds in any one zip code, and below the map are a number of Top 10 charts – top female names, top male names, and also top 10 names based on movies (Rocky, Gizmo) and drinks (Mocha, Cocoa), among others. This info was gathered from city dog license data.


08/27/12 3:00pm

Image source: 1940s New York

Have you ever heard of Nassau Heights in Queens? Today, it’s known as Middle Village. Did you know that Woodside was once called Woodside-Winfield? Welcome to 1940s New York, when the Queensbridge Houses were a new development, and Astoria was a predominately Italian and German neighborhood (the Greek population didn’t peak until the 1970s). (more…)