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Summer in the City- NYC Datasets

As we segue into the later part of summer, NYC and state has made a few interesting dataset additions. First and foremost, at the end of July NYCDCP finally stopped swimming against the tide and drop the fees for MapPLUTO. This is a huge relief to nonprofits, community organizations, academics and small companies that really struggled to absorb the crazy cost of the dataset. A next major step would be to backdate this new spirit of openness to all versions of MapPLUTO that dates to the early 2000’s. It boggles the mind how many amazing projects and understandings of the city could come of a coherent MapPLUTO data profile for property across a full decade. For a ‘MapPLUTO Lite’, Bryan Mcbride has an interactive quick view.

At the end of July, there was some fanfare regarding the ‘release of hundreds’ of new datasets….hmmmm. As noted at Streets Blog, this amounted to updates to current datasets as well as some new agency trip and crash count table data, but no overly dramatic geodata per se. I did notice on NYC Socrata that it looks like the some if not all subway lines/stops have been updated, and it also looks like the the General Transit Feed Specifications (GTFS) for some MTA data/feeds has been added/updated.

Regarding Socrata, its often the case that the available datasets are so rich and the search functions so broad, that one ends up piling through a mass amount of data returns per query. Segmenting by category often helps, and Health Data NY seems to have built a site around this strategy.

On the environmental side, New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) has launched a dataset for, as the name suggests, New York Protected Areas (NYPAD). Downloads currently as a geodatabase. The interactive is by way of MapBox.

Back in the city, the Furman Center is out with their 12th year Housing and Neighborhoods Study, chocked full of data summaries featuring the fallout from our recession years. Here’s a really depressing classic: