03/06/13 3:00pm

Over on Pinterest we caught sight of this cool mapping site via Queens Mamas. Stamen makes it easy for anyone to create a map with different textures – Toner, Terrain, Watercolor, Burning Map, and Trees, Cabs & Crime (only available in SF right now). We decided to check out Queens (of course!) with the various options. First is Toner (“These high-contrast B+W (black and white) maps are featured in our Dotspotting project. They are perfect for data mashups and exploring river meanders and coastal zones.”):



02/22/13 2:00pm


Image source: Property Shark – a view of the Vernon-Jackson area of LIC

We caught wind of this over on Brownstoner – “PropertyShark just extended its interactive business map to cover Brooklyn. The map previously covered Manhattan, and it will soon include Queens as well.” Well, we were curious and took a look and saw that they have started with their coverage of Queens, especially the western Queens neighborhoods of Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona.


02/16/13 2:00pm

We’ve found another map we like, this one from the NYC EDC on coffee and tea in NYC (click to enlarge).


Image source: NYC EDC

As you can see, in Queens, the dark patches are in Ridgewood, Glendale, and JFK (there are plenty of spots to get coffee at the airport). Frankly, the Glendale part threw us a bit, since we don’t think of Glendale as having one of “the highest density of cafés per ZIP code.” That said, it shares a zip with Ridgewood, which has a more pronounced cafe culture (here are some of the cafes in Ridgewood/Glendale)


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.


02/12/13 9:30am


Image source: Trulia via Atlantic Cities

Over on Atlantic Cities, they are running an article called The Neighborhoods With the Most Single Ladies (and Men), focusing on the straight singles/dating scene in various urban areas around the country. To get to their conclusions Trulia looked at the ratio of men living alone to women living alone; gays and lesbians were taken out of the equation; and those over 65 were, too (apparently ” differences in life expectancy skew the gender ratio in the later years”). Data was culled from the 2010 decennial Census; additional details on methodology is at the bottom of the Atlantic Cities article.

In the “big three power centers of the Northeast: Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York” women outnumber men. (more…)

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.


01/28/13 11:00am


Image source: OpenTripPlanner Analyst project – the grey areas are places where public transit accessibility was most dramatically affected by Hurricane Sandy

The Atlantic Cities published a short series of maps created by developers at OpenTripPlanner, an “open source platform for multimodal trip itinerary planning and network analysis.” These maps illustrate NYC transit access before and after Hurricane Sandy hit, and they look like beautiful watercolors, despite how frustrating that time was for so many. The contrasts are striking, too.

As you probably remember, the majority of the trains were out for a little while – the R below 34th Street was out for some time, and the 1 train at South Ferry still will be closed for quite a while – and the ailing A train near Broad Channel in Jamaica Bay was totally trashed. The East River Ferry was a huge help, as was the ferry to and from the Rockaways.

Anyway, about those maps. You can interpret them like this, as described by The Atlantic Cities:

The yellow areas are the parts of the city that 7.5 million New Yorkers can reach from home in less than an hour by public transit and walking. The red areas are within an hour’s commute of 6 million people in the metropolitan area. The blue areas are accessible by 4 million people, and the gray areas by 2 million.