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July 2nd, 2005, 11:43 PM
In the past I have made several attempts to provide location information on Wired New York pages. For different reasons it did not work out.

Now I am trying to use Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/), that although in beta, looks and works very nicely.

I have started placing links to Google Maps on Wired New York pages, see examples at the following pages:

Empire State Building (http://www.wirednewyork.com/landmarks/esb/default.htm)
W New York - Times Square Hotel (http://www.wirednewyork.com/hotels/w_times_square_hotel/default.htm)
165 Charles Street (http://www.wirednewyork.com/real_estate/165charles/default.htm)
Wired New York Webcam (http://www.wirednewyork.com/webcam/default.htm)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (http://www.wirednewyork.com/hospitals/mskcc.htm)
MoMA (http://www.wirednewyork.com/museums/moma/default.htm)

July 3rd, 2005, 11:51 PM
This is a great idea - did I not already know the location of most buildings in NYC I would eat up every link and revel in the aerial shots feature. Seeming how many people are visually-based learners today (well, it seems that way) this could/should help people to get a broader feel for the overall area of their destination.

July 14th, 2005, 11:08 AM
I like it. A nice alternative to map quest.

October 17th, 2005, 10:40 PM
I am working at integrating Google Maps more closely. Instead of making links to Google maps, I am putting a small interactive map right on a webpage, with a marker indicating location. The map can be zoomed in and zoomed out, and can be dragged around. I placed such maps on the pages below. Let me know how it works for you.

The maps require Javascript enabled, and will not support old browsers.


October 18th, 2005, 01:21 PM
Works perfectly. Nicely done - those Google maps are quite handy.

October 18th, 2005, 03:04 PM
I don't know how you could do it right... But it might be interesting to be able to do the satelite selection box.....

You also might want to make it so that you can open up a new window featuring the google map link exclusively (if people want a bigger view to print out, or get directions to, etc etc.)

Looks good though!

Keep it up!

October 20th, 2005, 12:17 AM
I added the buttons to switch between satellite and map mode and left only zoom button (panning could be done by dragging the map).

In addition, on many pages I have a link to large Google Local map. I am in the process of learning how to implement the maps on Wired New York, let's say something like a map of new construction sites, or a map of new condos, or a map or tall skyscrapers, or a map of the parks etc.

November 7th, 2005, 11:16 PM
After several days of hard labor I was able to make an interactive map that will show multiple locations and provide links to Wired New York pages.

Here is the first - the map of New York City bridges: http://www.wirednewyork.com/bridges/map.htm

The map can be panned, zoomed in and zoomed out, switched between Map, Satellite, and Hybrid mode. The markers show the locations of bridges, clicking on a marker brings up an information window with a name of a bridge and a link to the webpage.

November 7th, 2005, 11:33 PM
veiled a superb idea. I do not know if it is possible, but if by flying over the marks, one could see the name of the bridges?

November 8th, 2005, 04:39 PM
Here is the second map - the map of New York City Hotels. The map can be panned, zoomed in/out, switched between Map, Satellite, and Hybrid mode, the markers identify the hotels, and clicking on a marker brings up an information window with a name of a hotel and a link to the webpage.

At this moment only hotels that have a Wired New York page are shown.


November 8th, 2005, 04:56 PM
The third map - of new construction. Not all the projects are in yet though.


November 14th, 2005, 03:53 PM
The 4th map - map of New York City Parks - http://www.wirednewyork.com/parks/map.htm

Also, all the maps are now can be accessible from http://www.wirednewyork.com/maps/

November 16th, 2005, 04:16 PM
The 5th map - Map of New York City Rental Apartments (http://www.wirednewyork.com/real_estate/rentals_map.htm), not all rentals are on the map yet though.

November 16th, 2005, 04:23 PM
The 6th map - Map of New York City Condominium Apartments (http://www.wirednewyork.com/real_estate/condos_map.htm)

November 18th, 2005, 04:41 PM
Map 7 - Map of Central Park (http://www.wirednewyork.com/parks/central_park/map.htm)

November 19th, 2005, 12:10 PM
Map 7 - Map of Central Park (http://www.wirednewyork.com/parks/central_park/map.htm)

Great Great Job

December 11th, 2005, 11:08 PM
Edward, if I wanted to do something similar to the map you made for multiple locations, how would I go about doing so? What kind of software do you need, if any?

December 12th, 2005, 12:41 AM
You would need to learn Google Maps API (http://www.google.com/apis/maps/)

December 20th, 2005, 01:37 AM
Google Offers a Bird's-Eye View, and Some Governments Tremble

DigitalGlobe, via Google Earth
A view from above of the Kremlin in Moscow, using Google Earth.

By KATIE HAFNER (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=KATIE HAFNER&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=KATIE HAFNER&inline=nyt-per) and SARITHA RAI (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=SARITHA RAI&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=SARITHA RAI&inline=nyt-per)
New York Times
December 20, 2005


When Google (http://www.nytimes.com/redirect/marketwatch/redirect.ctx?MW=http://custom.marketwatch.com/custom/nyt-com/html-companyprofile.asp&symb=GOOG) introduced Google Earth, free software that marries satellite and aerial images with mapping capabilities, the company emphasized its usefulness as a teaching and navigation tool, while advertising the pure entertainment value of high-resolution flyover images of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the pyramids.

But since its debut last summer, Google Earth has received attention of an unexpected sort. Officials of several nations have expressed alarm over its detailed display of government buildings, military installations and other important sites within their borders.

India, whose laws sharply restrict satellite and aerial photography, has been particularly outspoken. "It could severely compromise a country's security," V. S. Ramamurthy, secretary in India's federal Department of Science and Technology, said of Google Earth. And India's surveyor general, Maj. Gen. M. Gopal Rao, said, "They ought to have asked us."

Similar sentiments have surfaced in news reports from other countries. South Korean officials have said they fear that Google Earth lays bare details of military installations. Thai security officials said they intended to ask Google to block images of vulnerable government buildings. And Lt. Gen. Leonid Sazhin, an analyst for the Federal Security Service, the Russian security agency that succeeded the K.G.B., was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying: "Terrorists don't need to reconnoiter their target. Now an American company is working for them."

But there is little they can do, it seems, but protest.

DigitalGlobe, via Google Earth
Views of landmarks like the Eiffel Tower were part of the initial appeal of Google Earth.
But its ability to show government buildings, military installations and other sites has alarmed
officials in several nations.

Google Earth is the most conspicuous recent instance of increased openness in a digitally networked world, where information that was once carefully guarded is now widely available on personal computers. Many security experts agree that such increased transparency - and the discomfort that it produces - is an inevitable byproduct of the Internet's power and reach.

American experts in and outside government generally agree that the focus on Google Earth as a security threat appears misplaced, as the same images that Google acquires from a variety of sources are available directly from the imaging companies, as well as from other sources. Google Earth licenses most of the satellite images, for instance, from DigitalGlobe, an imaging company in Longmont, Colo.

"Google Earth is not acquiring new imagery," said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org (http://globalsecurity.org/), which has an online repository of satellite imagery. "They are simply repurposing imagery that somebody else had already acquired. So if there was any harm that was going to be done by the imagery, it would already be done."

Google Earth was developed as a $79-a-year product by a small company called Keyhole that Google bought last year; it was reintroduced as a free downloadable desktop program in June. It consists of software that can be downloaded onto a personal computer and used to "fly over" city streets, landmarks, buildings, mountains, redwood forests and Gulf Stream waters.

Type in any street address in the United States, Canada or Britain, or the longitude and latitude for any place - or even terms like "pyramids" or "Taj Mahal" - and the location quickly zooms into focus from outer space.

It was in the 1990's that the federal government started allowing commercial satellite companies to make and sell high-resolution images, to allow American companies to compete in a growing market.

But a number of security restrictions apply to those companies. For instance, United States law requires that images of Israel shot by American-licensed commercial satellites be made available only at a relatively low resolution.
Also, the companies' operating licenses allow the United States government to put any area off limits in the interests of national security. A 24-hour delay is mandated for images of especially high resolution.

Vipin Gupta, a security analyst at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, said the time delays were crucial, saying that in the national security sphere much can change between the time an image is taken and when it is used by the public.

"You can get imagery to determine whether there is a military base or airfield, but if you want to count aircraft, or determine whether there are troops there at a particular time, it is very difficult to do," Mr. Gupta said. "It's not video."

Andrew McLaughlin, a senior policy counsel at Google, said the company had entered discussions with several countries over the last few months, including Thailand, South Korea and, most recently, India.

India may be particularly sensitive to security issues because of its long-running border disputes with Pakistan, its rival nuclear power, and recurring episodes of terrorism. Since 1967, it has forbidden aerial photographs of bridges, ports, refineries and military establishments, and outside companies and agencies are required to have those images evaluated by the government. High-resolution satellite photos face similar restrictions in India, which has its own sophisticated satellite imaging program.

Mr. Ramamurthy, the Indian science official, acknowledged that "there is very little we can do to a company based overseas and offering its service over the Internet." But General Rao, the Indian surveyor general, said the Indian government had sent a letter asking Google "to show sensitive sites, which we will list - areas such as the presidential residence and defense installations - in very low-resolution images."

Mr. McLaughlin said he had not yet seen such a letter; he said talks with India had centered specifically on images of the Kashmir border, long disputed by India and Pakistan.

Meetings with Indian officials or those from other nations have yet to result in a request that Google remove or downgrade any information, Mr. McLaughlin said. Nor, he said, has the United States government ever asked Google to remove information.

The same cannot be said for Mr. Pike, whose Web site has images of nuclear test sites and military bases in much sharper focus than can be found on Google Earth.

Last year, Mr. Pike said, he was asked by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, an arm of the Defense Department, to remove from his site some of the maps of cities in Iraq that the Coalition Provisional Authority had created for planning cellphone service.

Mr. Pike said he had complied, but added that the incident was a classic example of the futility of trying to control information. "To think that the same information couldn't be found elsewhere was not a very safe assumption," he said.

Dave Burpee, a spokesman for the agency, said that the incident was relatively isolated, and that Mr. Pike had been asked to remove the maps because they were marked "limited distribution." A service like Google Earth, on the other hand, contains nothing classified or restricted.

An outcry over security was the last thing John Hanke was thinking five years ago when he joined in founding Keyhole with the aim of using satellite and aerial photography to create a three-dimensional world map. The idea, said Mr. Hanke, an entrepreneur who founded two video game companies before starting Keyhole, was to make video games more interesting.

Now Mr. Hanke, as a general manager at Google in charge of Google Earth, finds himself in the thick of frequent discussions at Google and with outsiders about transparency. He speaks enthusiastically of the benefits of openness. "A lot of good things come out of making information available," he said, and proceeded to list a few: "disaster relief, land conservation and forest management for fighting wildfires."

The images, which Google Earth expects to update roughly every 18 months, are a patchwork of aerial and satellite photographs, and their relative sharpness varies. Blurriness is more often than not an indication of the best quality available for a location.

Chuck Herring, a spokesman for DigitalGlobe, said that to the best of his knowledge, the federal government had never asked his company to obscure or blur images. Similarly, Mr. Hanke said no specific areas on Google Earth lacked high-resolution data because of federal restrictions.

For a brief period, photos of the White House and adjacent buildings that the United States Geological Survey provided to Google Earth showed up with certain details obscured, because the government had decided that showing details like rooftop helicopter landing pads was a security risk. Google has since replaced those images with unaltered photographs of the area taken by Sanborn, a mapping and imagery company, further illustrating the difficulty of trying to control such information.

As for security issues raised by other countries, Mr. Hanke said, "When we reach out and engage with knowledgeable people, the concern tends to subside."

Still, imagery is growing harder than ever to control, especially as it makes its way around the Internet. Several countries, notably Nigeria, China and Brazil, have recently launched satellites, making it harder for any one government to impose restrictions.

"When you have multiple eyes in the sky, what you're doing is creating a transparent globe where anyone can get basic information about anyone else," said Mr. Gupta, the Sandia analyst. His recommendation to the Indian government, he said, would be to accept the new reality: "Times are changing, and the best thing to do is adapt to the advances in technology."
Andrew E. Kramer contributed reporting for this article.

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June 19th, 2006, 11:47 PM
I am becoming a fan of Windows Local Live - here is the map of New York City Hospitals (http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cid=17FCB51AAA4E0C7A%21258) on Local Live. New York City Hospitals (http://www.wirednewyork.com/hospitals/default.htm) page has maps of hospitals by borough.

November 9th, 2006, 09:51 AM
Hi Edward

First off, sorry it's been so long since I was last here!

Anyway, moving on... I don't know if this is of help to you, but we have been working on a tool that works in conjunction with Google Maps that would allow you to put these on your own site, very quickly and easily.

If you'd like to check it out, the URL is http://www.aardvarkmap.net - I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.



December 4th, 2006, 11:51 AM
Manhattan: City Map Portal Is Online

nytimes.com (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/04/nyregion/04mbrfs-map.html)
December 4, 2006

Officials have unveiled CityMap, a new feature on the city government’s Web site, at nyc.gov/citymap (http://nyc.gov/citymap).

The CityMap includes City Council district and Community Board boundaries, links to results of restaurant inspections, locations of subway entrances and exits, and aerial views of the city. The tool also allows users to find addresses for the nearest wireless Internet hot spots, senior centers, libraries, post offices, farmers’ markets, after-school programs and other services. Boundaries of fire companies, police precincts and landmark and business improvement districts are also included. Eventually, city officials said, bus routes and bicycle paths will be added to the site, which was unveiled on Thursday.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

December 5th, 2006, 02:59 AM
I am not impressed with this map, it does not identify Met Opera as a cultural institution :( , many other problems too...

December 30th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Can you show The Empire State on a map , please .

May 30th, 2007, 04:39 PM
Google Maps now has new Street View available for Manhattan.

Check it out.

March 16th, 2008, 05:59 PM
Any historical maps that anyone knows of?

March 17th, 2008, 06:48 PM
They turn up here and there among the threads. I wish they were all together, but there is a good start in Historical Maps of New York (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11220).

If anyone finds more in other threads or elsewhere we can transfer them to that thread.

March 19th, 2008, 01:22 PM
There are some 19th century maps covering New York somewhere on Wired New York i was looking at a few weeks ago, now i can't find them:confused:. I think they dated from around 1890.

March 22nd, 2008, 05:31 PM
Here are the maps i was talking about.


Does anyone know where i can get hold of these maps? Are they still in print?

January 30th, 2010, 10:34 AM
The New York City Map (http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/) has added a cool feature.

Zoom in and click the camera icon (aerial photo). A slider appears underneath; you can toggle between overhead views from the present and 1924.

January 30th, 2010, 01:04 PM
A very cool feature ^

But, after having just spent 30 minutes clicking around there, I see it could easily become another perfect place to play when procrastination rules :o

January 31st, 2010, 01:14 AM
I created a thread (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23211) about this. Perhaps it should be moved here?

January 31st, 2010, 01:50 AM
Better to leave it as a stand-alone thread.

July 17th, 2010, 12:01 PM
Interactive map comparing the topography of Manhattan in 1609 with that of today:

Mannahatta Project (http://themannahattaproject.org/explore/mannahatta-map/)

July 22nd, 2010, 06:45 AM
Aerial NYC Map Adds More Historic Photos, Remains Awesome

July 21, 2010, by Joey

http://ny.curbed.com/uploads/2010_7_unionsq-thumb.jpg (http://ny.curbed.com/uploads/2010_7_unionsq.jpg)
[Union Square in (L-R) 1924, 1951 and 1996. Click to expand!]

A week of our lives vanished into the abyss when the city added detailed aerial photos (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/01/27/relive_the_nyc_of_1924_using_spaceage_machine_of_t he_future.php) from 1924 to its interactive NYCityMap, allowing us to fast-forward through history with the click of a mouse and see how stadiums, slums, farms and docks became parking lots, Stuy Town, houses and Battery Park City, respectively. Now the most addictive online toy since Farmville is even better: Aerial map photos from 1951 and 1996 have been added. Like before, just head to NYCityMap (http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/) and click on the camera icon to bring up the slider that lets you go back in time. See you later, workplace productivity! The WSJ's Metropolis (http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/07/21/the-transforming-city-as-seen-from-above/) blog points out some urban development stuff to be on the lookout for.

NYCityMap (http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/) [nyc.gov]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/07/21/aerial_nyc_map_adds_more_historic_photos_remains_a wesome.php

mr messer
July 22nd, 2010, 04:48 PM
Very nice links!

July 24th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Fantastic Map of NYC and environs, circa 1821:

MAP at American Memory (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g3804n+ct001389)))

The City of New York as laid out by the Commissioners with the surrounding country / by their secretary and surveyor John Randel, Junr.

Link to MAP with Zoom View (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/map_item.pl?data=/home/www/data/gmd/gmd380/g3804/g3804n/ct001389.jp2&style=gmd&itemLink=r?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g3804n+ct001389))&title=The%20City%20of%20New%20York%20as%20laid%20o ut%20by%20the%20Commissioners%20with%20the%20surro unding%20country%20%2f%20by%20their%20secretary%20 and%20surveyor%20John%20Randel,%20Junr.)

Link to Super Huge MAP (http://memory.loc.gov/gmd/gmd380/g3804/g3804n/ct001389.jp2)

CREATED/PUBLISHED: New York : P. Maverik sculp., 1821.

NOTES: Street planning map. Covers all of Manhattan Island (New York, N.Y.) and substantial parts of adjacent counties in New York and New Jersey. Shows existing and proposed streets; also buildings and other structures, streams and other wetlands, political boundaries.

Shows relief by hachures.

Includes illustrations of surveying equipment used by the author.

Includes extensive text in left, right and lower margins outside neat line.

Includes 2 ancillary maps: Map of the States of Connecticut and Rh[ode Island] with p[arts of] New York, ...; The City of Philadelphia with the surrounding country by John Randel Junr.

"Longitude East from London."

Scale [ca. 1:42,000].

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA

DIGITAL ID: g3804n ct001389 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3804n.ct001389

July 24th, 2010, 05:26 PM
Another good map from 1842:

Full Title: New York and vicinity.

Link to Zoomable MAP (http://www.davidrumsey.com/maps5548.html) at David Rumsey Map Collection

Entered ... 1842 by Sidney E. Morse and Samuel Breese ... New York. (New York: Published by Harper & Brothers, 1845)

Author: Morse, Sidney E. (Sidney Edwards), 1794-1871 ; Breese, Samuel, 1802-1873

Full David Rumsey Map Collection Catalog Record:

Author: Morse, Sidney E. (Sidney Edwards), 1794-1871 ; Breese, Samuel, 1802-1873

Date: 1845

Short Title: New York and vicinity.

Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers

Type: Atlas Map

Object Height cm: 38

Object Width cm: 31

Scale 1: 42,240

Date: 1845

July 24th, 2010, 07:59 PM
Something to look through, slowly page by page, while coping with these hot summer days ...

The iconography of Manhattan Island 1498-1909 (v. 1) (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/cul/texts/ldpd_5800727_001/pages/ldpd_5800727_001_00000008.html?toggle=image&menu=minimize&top=38px&left=1262px)

From the Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections

Originally only 362 copies were printed on "English Hand-Made Paper and Forty-Two on Japanese Vellum". Includes a batch of beautiful plates (prints & maps) with detailed descriptions (the pdf version is fantastic, but a very large file). There are also additional Volumes (http://wwwapp.cc.columbia.edu/ldpd/bancha/search?query=The+iconography+of+Manhattan+Island&submit=Go&id=&collection=&start=1&sort=relevancy&perpage=20) on line (Volume 2 (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/cul/texts/ldpd_5800727_002/pages/ldpd_5800727_002_00000007.html?toggle=image&menu=maximize&top=&left=) covers Cartography).

The cover page of Volume 1 ...


July 30th, 2010, 02:41 AM
Interactive MAP of WTC site (http://www.oasisnyc.net/map.aspx?zoomto=lot:1000580001) from OASIS / NYPL, comparing land & building characteristics from 1604 up to present day.

July 30th, 2010, 12:26 PM
Citywide Waterfront Map (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/cwp/cw.shtml)


July 30, 2010 – City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden today announced the launch of a new interactive waterfront map on the Department of City Planning web page. Now for the first time ever, New Yorkers have a helpful tool to find all 224 publicly accessible waterfront spaces throughout the five boroughs. Prepared as part of the work of Vision 2020: New York City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, New Yorkers and visitors can now easily locate the approximately 200 linear miles of shorefront public parks and other publicly accessible spaces on private property, as well as the more than 20 linear miles of publicly accessible shorefront spaces that are in progress or planned on public property. The interactive waterfront map and Vision 2020 are part of the New York City Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), a citywide initiative that will create a new sustainable blueprint for the City’s more than 500 miles of shoreline, which Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn launched in April 2010.

February 11th, 2011, 05:49 AM
...well, not quite :).

What If Manhattan Was Designed Like Paris?

by Michelle Young

A digital design class at Columbia University has led to some provocative questions about New York City. The below work by Charles-Antoine Perrault destabilizes our conception of Manhattan, which we so strongly associate with the street grid. But what if the early city planners had envisioned a city with the grand boulevards of Paris? It happened in Washington D.C. and Detroit, so why not New York?

http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/perrault_week-2.jpg (http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/perrault_week-2.jpg)

This “photograph” also shows that Central Park is enough of an identifier (along with the Manhattan Google Maps bubble of course), to retain our sense of geolocation. Charles-Antoine is from Paris, and in his homage to two great cities he says, “I covered Manhattan with Paris Left Bank streets. You might recognise Gare Montparnasse on the right and the Invalides in the top left corner. Pretty fun to imagine New Yorkers lost in Manhattan without their grid!” Fellow student Alex Wallach then took the concept and superimposed Paris onto the famous 1807 Commisioners’ street grid plan.

http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/ManhattanMap_Paris-11.jpg (http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/ManhattanMap_Paris-11.jpg)

And in another piece, Alex takes an 1859 rendering of Central Park with the perspective stretching out into the hinterland of New York and New Jersey and superimposes the Manhattan of today. It demonstrates not only man’s domination of nature, but also visually conveys the foresight of the New York City Board of Commissioners. By anticipating the rapid urbanization of New York and planning to save open space, they benefited the many generations since and the ones to come. I bet in the fancy speak of that era, they would have said they were doing it “for posterity,” and they were right!

http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/Homework2_AlexWallach_Before.jpg (http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/Homework2_AlexWallach_Before.jpg)

http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/Homework2_AlexWallach_After.jpg (http://newyork.untappedcities.com/files/2011/02/Homework2_AlexWallach_After.jpg)

For more fun with Google Maps, check out the hidden Bushwick airplane (http://newyork.untappedcities.com/2010/07/23/somebodys-hiding-a-plane-in-bushwick/)article from Untapped that started it all…


February 11th, 2011, 09:16 AM
Heaven save us....

I think the other thing that made a big difference with Manhattan is that it was already set up to be a series of parallel roadways. Paris and DC were not.

Take a look at what happens to the city AFTER you get out of the restrictions of both rivers. It goes back to a radial construction (like an imperfect crystal) focused on different travel points like major town centers, parks and river crossings.

Granted, it was the pre-planning and layout that accomplished this street grid, but it was not much of a push to accomplish that.

Now, turn this study on its head. What would have happened if NYC was designed with todays needs? I am not talking about Moses's decimation of the existing city in hopes of turning it into an Auto Mecha, but more along the lines of a more organized metro system, direct conenctions for rail and auto across teh island and other "needs".

How would it have been done differently knowing what we know now?

Tim Keane
February 11th, 2011, 04:51 PM

Just thought you might be interested in this resource as well.

You can search for locations and create links to using the "Link Button" on the toolbar. You can also include additional information from hundreds of map overlays.

Here is an example of a link to City Hall showing subways and wifi hot-spots:

http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/?z=8&p=982585,198943&c=GISBasic&f=WIFI_HOTSPOT,SUBWAY&s=p:CITY+HALL,MANHATTAN (http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/?z=8&p=982585,198943&c=GISBasic&f=ART_GALLERY,MUSEUM,SUBWAY&s=p:CITY+HALL,MANHATTAN)

February 11th, 2011, 05:10 PM
The great thing about that map system is it has aerials from 1924. It's a "fly" back in time

April 6th, 2011, 09:34 AM

New Yorkers Use Interesting Words When Dating Online

By Garth Johnston

A map detail.

If there is one thing we love, it's a good map of New York (http://gothamist.com/tags/maps). So naturally we're loving the dating maps that artist R. Luke DuBois has up right now (http://perfect.lukedubois.com/). Using data from online dating profiles DuBois has put together national and local maps that show how people represent themselves online. And the New York City (http://music.columbia.edu/%7Eluke/perfect/jpg/32NYC.jpg) map, which he made by sifting through 5 million words from 413,872 singles and then breaking them down by zip code, has some seriously fun results.

One of the more interesting facts that comes to light scanning the maps is that, as DuBois tells Fast Company (http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663556/infographic-of-the-day-how-america-describes-itself-in-dating-profiles), "very few singles profiles are boilerplate. Everyone has a unique way of writing, or as specific activity they write about, or restaurants, or trips they've taken." But the words that match up with the zip codes are pretty amusingly accurate in some cases.

Some of our favorite neighborhood descriptions include Breezy Point (Sexist), Dumbo (Graphic, Glamour, Dick), Far Rockaway (Unyielding), Murray Hill (Debutante, Fund), Roosevelt Island (Escape) and SoHo (Cowardice, Gentrification). What words on the map stand out to you?


July 19th, 2011, 07:14 AM
Mapping the Cityscape

By Cheryl Yau

The Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 was a visionary approach that reshaped New York’s underlying structure, separating Manhattan from the old organic cities, while still defining it today. To acknowledge the success of the grid model made possible by John Randel, Jr., and celebrate its 200th anniversary this year, The Center for Architecture opened an exhibition, Mapping the Cityscape (http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=upcoming&expid=147), on July 6, exploring the ways in which mapping influences our perception of the environment. The exhibition includes maps ranging from 1609 to present day interpretations, taking into account the technological advances and methodologies that are shaping our urban landscape.


Spanning across the walls at this exhibition are a wide range of cartographic representations, including ecological, cultural, planning, civil data, location-based, user-generated, Google and Tauranac transportation maps. These maps, saturated with different colors, shades, aerial photographs and line drawings, illustrate ways in which the city is used and understood. In the narrow corridor of space that the Center was able to dedicate to the exhibition, one side displays floor to ceiling oversized strips of vinyl prints plastered side by side, while the opposite facing wall is tiled with square croppings of maps and captions mounted onto foam board to mimic the grid pattern. It was difficult to figure out the transition and relationship between each juxtaposition while navigating the corridor, and even harder to compare the maps due to an inconsistent scale. The typography in each caption was too heavy in weight to read comfortably and lacked hierarchy overall, while most of the legends were reduced to minuscule proportions and tacked onto the bottom of each vertical strip below eye level, as though the information was not integral to understanding the maps.

While Mapping the Cityscape was designed to celebrate the grid, the exhibition itself is neither deeply informative nor aesthetically stimulating. Cartography is a complex discipline that combines science, technology and information design, and the works that result from this study need to be curated and displayed in a much more sophisticated manner. Given the small exhibition space and emphasis on contemporary technological advances, an interactive representation (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/21/nyregion/map-of-how-manhattan-grid-grew.html) or time-based projection showing an overlay of each map, would have been a more appropriate and space-efficient opportunity to compare the varying interpretations of the cityscape.


While Randel’s grid design has proved itself in the last 200 years to be a successful model for urban planning—one that makes Manhattan so easily walkable and inhabitable—the exhibition needs clear, informative graphic design to highlight this effective and strong foundation for the city. The Center for Architecture’s tribute to the grid is merely an overview, an insufficient representation with poor execution. Manhattan’s grid is accessible and easily understood by locals and visitors alike, while the exhibition dedicated to it was anything but. If Mapping the Cityscape aims to encourage design professionals to engage and rethink ways to look at their surrounding urban landscape, it fails, because all it really prompts are thoughts on how to redesign the exhibition for better presentation.


September 3rd, 2011, 04:44 AM
Super Mario map of NYC:


October 27th, 2011, 10:03 PM
Click link (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/10/27/hidden_in_plain_sight_nyc_architecture_right_under _your_nose.php#pointmap) to see interactive map.

Hidden in Plain Sight: NYC Architecture Right Under Your Nose

by Kelsey Keith


We all know the major architectural landmarks of New York City—but every day, we pass by big-name architects' lesser-known works and other buildings somehow missing from the guidebooks. Here now, a guide to NYC's under-the-radar architecture in plain sight. The map of 24 sites is designed as a walking tour, so they're in Gramercy and points south.

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/10/27/hidden_in_plain_sight_nyc_architecture_right_under _your_nose.php#pointmap

October 27th, 2011, 10:12 PM
They could have at least tried to put the arrows remotely near one of the places they were talking about

November 17th, 2011, 06:27 AM
Extending the Manhattan grid :) :cool:.

I'm at about 3,213th Street and 74,116th Avenue!


January 14th, 2012, 11:33 AM
NYC Street Closure Map (http://gis.nyc.gov/streetclosure/)


Interactive Online Tool Maps Street Closures Due to Road Work and Special Events

January 10, 2012

Future Enhancements to Include Parking Regulations and More

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today launched NYC Street Closures, the City’s new online mapping application for displaying street closure information across the five boroughs. The tool provides details about current and planned full street closures obstructing normal vehicular traffic due to road work, street fairs, block parties, special events or parades, and allows users to conduct searches based on date, time, and location.

January 17th, 2012, 11:40 AM
We all know how on-schedule these closures are... right? ;)

Honestly though, this is a great idea. Hopefully they will use a readily accessed database for it so our navigation tools can incorporate the information when they are plotting our paths.....

March 31st, 2012, 02:30 PM
They could have at least tried to put the arrows remotely near one of the places they were talking about

I just thought about exactly the same.

June 9th, 2012, 02:47 AM
Remembering New York City's Losses Via Interactive Maps

by Sara Polsky

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Here's an interesting new NYC mapping project: Sites of Memory, a site (http://sitesofmemory.com/) created by art director and writer Angela Riechers. The project "reattaches memories of the dead to locations in New York City…linking separate urban sites together into a larger story about remembrance, mortality and forgetting." Sounds grim, but in a fascinating way. There are audio tours focusing on events like the Civil War Draft Riots and the sinking of the steamship General Slocum, NYC's largest single-day loss of life prior to 9/11. Click through (http://sitesofmemory.com/) to explore the first set of maps. Next up: an option for the site's users to upload their own memorials.

Official website: Sites of Memory (http://sitesofmemory.com/) [sitesofmemory.com]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/06/08/remembering_new_york_citys_losses_via_interactive_ maps.php

July 31st, 2012, 10:41 AM
Welcome to 1940s Greenwich Village

by Dana

GVSHP recently came across a great website called 1940s New York (http://www.1940snewyork.com/). In 1943, four local newspapers published a New York City Market Analysis, which provided hundreds of photos & color-coded maps, statistics, and short narratives about neighborhoods across the city, all based on the 1940 census. According to the site, “The Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center (http://www.urbanresearch.org) is making the 1943 profiles available to provide context for the 1940 Census records and to offer a research aid to historians and anyone else interested in learning more about New York from the 1940s.” Of course, the first thing we did was scroll right down to the Village!

http://gvshp.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1940s-ny.jpg (http://www.1940snewyork.com)
1940s New York

According to the 1943 profile of the Greenwich Village area:

Greenwich Village is not a neighborhood of artists and writers, although many of them still live in its old brick and brownstone houses. Remodeling has changed many of the Bohemian haunts MacDougal Alley and Washington Mews. Prosperity blooms along Fifth Avenue north of Washington Square. Business couples like this neighborhood. There are many “shared apartments” and rooming houses close to the park. It is a market of many contrasts, with overflowing Italian tenements and the most expensive type of modern hotels and apartment houses. The Washington Square College of New York University is located in this district. From 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue west to Miller Highway, we find the Gansevoort and West Washington markets- a wholesale meat, vegetable, and egg center. Thousands of visitors, arriving by the Holland Tunnel, get their first glimpse of New York in this district.

This very interesting description is accompanied by monetary and demographic statistics which can be viewed on the site. The monthly rent of a Greenwich Village apartment averaged around $40. Ironic when compared to today’s prices, this was near the bottom of the rental market. The more expensive properties, between $50-$100, were clustered around the park and on 5th Avenue.

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close up of the Village districts

The East Village/Lower East Side, in contrast, had almost no areas above the very lowest price bracket of “under $30.” The description classified it as:

Visitors to New York find the Lower East Side an amazing show. There is nothing comparable in America. But its importance as a market is due entirely to numbers and not to individual family purchasing power. It is the most populous, most crowded, most old-world district in New York City. Its more than 100,000 foreign-born population gives the Lower East Side a tinge that is essentially alien. But the district is changing. It has lost more than 40,000 foreign-born since the previous Census. Total population has dropped 225,000 in 20 years. Slum clearance has added many parks and playgrounds. Big housing developments, like Knickerbocker Village, have appeared. The pushcart markets, Chinatown, the Bowery, barber colleges, tattoo shops, flop houses, second-hand clothes exchanges provide color and atmosphere seldom encountered in the American scene.

There is so much more of this colorful history on the 1940s website. Look up your own neighborhood and see what it was like 70 years ago!


July 31st, 2012, 12:18 PM
And look at SoHo, where it was a basically a wasteland and prices were "unknown"

Thanks for posting. It's a great resource.

December 14th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Manhattan Street Map by FLATCUT_ Ties Together Experiments In Motion

by Chris Bentley

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The model of Manhattan’s street grid floats above visitors, offering a new perspective on the city. (Collin Erickson)

Audi and GSAPP teamed with FLATCUT_ to create a 1:1500 scale model of Manhattan’s street grid from 3/16-inch-thick aluminum sheets

This September at the preview of the Lowline Park in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, visitors had the opportunity to absorb nine visions by students from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) about the future of urban living and mobility. Conducted as the culmination of a yearlong research program in partnership with Audi of America, the exhibition, Experiments in Motion, was tied together and contextualized by a hanging, 50-foot-long, 1:1500 scale model of Manhattan’s street grid. Audi and GSAPP called on New York and New Jersey-based fabrication studio FLATCUT_ to create the model, which also calls out every subway station on the island. The job required the studio to pull off a high wire balancing act: the fabrication of an object both intricate and sturdy, modular yet monolithic.

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Light emanating from the exhibit’s displays plays upon the surface of the model. (Collin Erickson)

The Manhattan street grid had to float amid a sea of colorful projectionsemanating from the student’s exhibits, which were presented in digital format. Light from the screens had to be able to dance across the model. Equally important to the exhibit, the model had to cast a heavy shadow, silhouetting the street grid upon the digital displays and placing them in context. “That was pretty unique,” said FLATCUT_’s Tomer Ben-Gal. “The model had to be both reflective and have the ability to cast a shadow.” In close collaboration with the Therrien-Barley design team, FLATCUT_ studied several materials to find the right one to render the complex line work of Manhattan’s street grid. “It was critical that we identify an alloy that was both strong enough to hold the piece up, but not too thick that it would become difficult to cut the fine pattern they were looking to achieve,” added FLATCUT_’s Daniel Ramirez. FLATCUT_ decided on 3/16-inch aluminum sheets. The studio revised the detail of the design team’s line drawings in Rhino, refining the grid so it could be cut using a water jet cutter. They also broke the overall model down into modular parts that could fit through the CNC cutting machine. After consulting with the designers on a variety of reflective finishes, the team decided to leave the raw look of the aluminum’s mill finish.

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The model cast the silhouette of the Manhattan street grid upon the ground and any who cared to pass beneath it. (Collin Erickson)

Once cut, the modular pieces of the model were welded together in FLATCUT_’s New Jersey fabrication shop with flanges, creating a smooth, unbroken appearance to the finished product. Once assembled, Art Domantay hoisted the unit in place with aircraft cables connected to the flanges. FLATCUT_’s attention to detail throughout the process is evident in just how seamlessly their ghostly Manhattan melded with the digital projections that comprise the rest of the exhibit. “It was interesting,” Ramirez said, “to apply our skills as fabricators of physical pieces to digital interactions.”


May 16th, 2013, 09:48 AM
Very colourful.

Paula Scher's Mind-Bending New York City Maps And Murals

by Hana R. Alberts

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Paula Scher (http://www.pentagram.com/partners/#/19/)—a veritable guru in the fields of design, branding, and art who was just named a National Design Award winner (http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/cooper-hewitt_national_design_museum_announces_2013_natio nal_design_awards_/)—has a long roster of A-list clients (http://new.pentagram.com/2013/05/paula-scher-wins-national-design-award/). From the High Line (http://new.pentagram.com/2011/06/the-high-line-case-study/) and the Public Theater (http://www.pentagram.com/search/the%20public%20theater#/680/) to Bloomberg's headquarters (http://www.pentagram.com/search/Bloomberg%20L.P.#/283/) and the Parks department (http://www.pentagram.com/search/NYC%20Parks#/2497/), her logos and graphics, defined by bold typography, adorn New York City's creative, public, and corporate spheres.

A principal at design consultancy Pentagram, Scher has a miles-long resume with one project, in particular, that we love: her 2010 work on the atrium of the Queens Metropolitan Campus (http://new.pentagram.com/2010/09/paula-scher-metropolitan-campu/) in Forest Hills, a space shared by two schools. In it, she plastered one of her beautiful, detailed, signature typographical maps (http://www.paulaschermaps.com/) all over the walls, giving students a sense of place via unconventional means. Peruse the photo gallery for a room that, from virtually every angle, offers a new perspective on the geography of the city.

Scher used to do her branding and design work by day, relegating her painting—representations of maps that are packed with little words and phrases related to the location (http://www.behance.net/gallery/Paula-Scher-MAPS/7839481)—to a hobby. But then, at the Queens Metropolitan Campus, she was able to marry the two, blowing up a map she had made of the five boroughs to a larger-than-life size and zooming in on the students' home borough. "I started doing them [the maps] 20 years ago. I used to make them small, and I was doing them more as illustrations," Scher said. "I suddenly realized they'd be better big. They have a life of their own; there is no rhyme or reason. New York is totally inspiring to me."

Keep an eye out for Scher's latest work at Coney Island, Brighton Beach, the Rockaways, and on Staten Island's shores this summer. Why? She designed the new signage system that directs visitors to and around these rebuilt beaches, which suffered severe damage at the hand of Hurricane Sandy.

New Work: Queens Metropolitan Campus (http://new.pentagram.com/2010/09/paula-scher-metropolitan-campu/) [Pentagram]
Bio: Paula Scher (http://new.pentagram.com/2013/05/paula-scher-wins-national-design-award/) [Pentagram]
Paula Scher's projects (http://www.behance.net/PaulaScher) [Behance]
Paula Scher Maps (http://www.paulaschermaps.com/) [official]
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces 2013 National Design Awards Winners (http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/cooper-hewitt_national_design_museum_announces_2013_natio nal_design_awards_/) [Bustler]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/05/15/paula_schers_mindbending_new_york_city_maps_and_mu rals.php

July 14th, 2013, 02:43 AM
The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We've Ever Seen
by Emily Badger

Luminous Cities

We've come across a lot of nice Flickr (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2013/01/what-flickr-can-teach-us-about-way-we-photograph-cities/4390/) visualizations (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eskimoblood/2111672366/) of global cities (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/07/coolest-new-maps-london/2754/) but never anything quite this comprehensive across space and time: Meet Luminous Cities (http://www.tracemedia.co.uk/luminous/), a creation of the London-based mapping and digital arts firm TraceMedia (http://tracemedia.co.uk), built with support from the Centre for Spatial Analysis & Policy (http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/research/csap/) at the University of Leeds and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/casa) at University College London. The project is trying to "uncover the archeology of data traces left by social media" in cities across the globe.

The Flickr tool (http://www.tracemedia.co.uk/luminous/flickr/) in particular contains an enormous wealth of data – photos themselves, their location, the topical tags associated with them (http://www.tracemedia.co.uk/luminous/flickr_tags.php) – that can be spliced in infinite ways and visualized across time to illustrate individual events like a natural disaster, or specific geographies like the one associated with Occupy protesters. TraceMedia initially launched the project last year in London, but recently updated it to include more than 50 global cities, some with Flickr data going back as far as 2004. You can view any city during a specific window of time, or in an animation over time, while simultaneously plotting multiple tags (like in the London map shown above).

Here, for instance, is downtown Detroit, shown between May of 2009 and June of 2013, with a smattering of the 1,181 photos tagged during that time with the only-in-Detroit idiom "urbanexploration." Some of the associated photos are shown at right, with an obvious heavy emphasis on Michigan Central Station (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/05/detroits-famously-decaying-train-station-has-5-new-windows-and-no-one-knows-why/5766/).


Here is Manhattan in October and November of last year, showing photos tagged with "sandy" and "hurricanesandy":


Click here (http://www.tracemedia.co.uk/luminous/flickr_tags/#cols[]=%23FFD700&cols[]=%23EE82EE&date_from=2012-10-01&date_to=2012-11-30&map=tags&place=manhattan_01&tags[]=sandy&tags[]=hurricanesandy) and play the timeline at the bottom of the page and you can watch all of those dots suddenly appear in the middle of the animation, only to disappear almost entirely by the end of November.

Here is a similar historically interesting moment in time from London, taken in the summer months of 2011, when the city experienced a rash of riots, variously noticeable in the terms "fire," "destruction," "riot" and more:


Using time, geography and language, these maps tell encoded stories about how events are tied to place, as well as how the same space is often simultaneously used for multiple purposes by different people. You could repeat these experiments in any number of these other cities (and if you find some good patterns, please share them in the comments section below).
Here is one last map illustrating the many uses of a particularly symbolic space: the area around the National Mall in Washington, shown throughout 2012:


The fire-engine red dots show the city's three mains pockets of Occupy protests, in McPherson Square, Freedom Plaza, and near the U.S. Capitol. The dark green suggests some kind of Abu Ghraib protest. If you watch the timeline animation here (http://www.tracemedia.co.uk/luminous/flickr_tags/#cols[]=%2300FA9A+&cols[]=%232c7d04&cols[]=%23f2f209&cols[]=%23f2058b&cols[]=%230eb7eb&cols[]=%23074cb3&cols[]=%23f00909&cols[]=%23FF1493&date_from=2011-12-31&date_to=2012-12-30&map=tags&place=washington_01&tags[]=11november2012&tags[]=abughraib&tags[]=barackobama&tags[]=blossoms&tags[]=feminism&tags[]=millionpuppetmarch&tags[]=occupydc&tags[]=prochoice), you'll see the sudden sprouting of feminists from the steps of the White House to the Washington Monument, as well as, later, a Million Puppet March (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/million-puppet-march_n_2077124.html) to the capitol. "11november2012" is a reference to Veteran's Day, and most of those lime-green dots cluster around the war memorials on the west end of the National Mall. And all those pink dots around the Tidal Basin? Those are the Cherry Blossoms that appear for only about two weeks in the spring. With the timeline, you can watch them bloom and fade as well.

All maps courtesy of TraceMedia (http://tracemedia.co.uk/).


September 21st, 2013, 06:40 AM
One Man Mapped The Ages Of 1 Million NYC Buildings

by Hana R. Alberts

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The age of every building in Brooklyn? Been there, done that (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/08/02/this_map_shows_you_the_age_of_every_building_in_br ooklyn.php). And yeah, it's awesome. So programmer Brandon Liu decided to seize upon even more public data and map the age of over 1 million buildings across the five boroughs, resulting in a colorful, easy-to-use, almost hypnotizing interactive map (http://bdon.org/2013/09/12/building-age-nyc/). Atlantic Cities spotted (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/09/map-shows-ages-million-buildings-new-york-city/6932/) the cool tool, which colors older buildings hues of red and blue, while green and yellow reflect newer development. Search for patterns and atypical sore thumbs; zoom in and out at particular blocks or entire neighborhoods; scroll your cursor over a building to see the date it was constructed. Procrastinators and urban planning wonks, have at it.

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Five Boroughs: Building Age NYC (http://bdon.org/2013/09/12/building-age-nyc/) [official]
The Ages of 1 Million New York Buildings, Mapped in Explosive Color (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/09/map-shows-ages-million-buildings-new-york-city/6932/) [Atlantic Cities]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/09/19/one_man_mapped_the_ages_of_1_million_nyc_buildings .php

September 22nd, 2013, 02:08 PM
That map is incorrect for my building, which shows it to be from @ 1900. Actually the two original structures are from @ 1845 & 1850, later joined and enlarged in the early 1900s. Similar mistakes are shown for a number of buildings down here.

September 24th, 2013, 11:41 AM
It also seems to avoid a lot of the buildings constructed around Canal Street.

You can go to http://www.oasisnyc.net/map.aspx to get a slightly more accurate map.

Also, one thing that is handy is knowing not when the latest construction was completed, but a history of possible existing (sub) structures or previous constructions.

A lot of the older tenements (Old Law Tenements) were built replacing buildings from the Federal Era, either replacing them or built right on top of them.

I think this is a nice project, but he needs to validate the data a bit better before it can be used as anything other than a curiosity.

June 30th, 2014, 10:51 PM
A nice interactive map by MAS showing, among other things, available FAR at a glance using a color scale.

Accidental Skyline (http://www.mas.org/urbanplanning/accidental-skyline/)

July 1st, 2014, 02:45 AM
Gramercy Park in permanent FAR purgatory

July 2nd, 2014, 03:32 PM
I don't understand.

Gramercy Park is part of the historic district. So it's in the same purgatory as Washington Square Park. What it needs to be is accessible, but it's private property.

July 8th, 2014, 04:21 PM
Well, yes. The planners assign density limits for each zoning area of NYC and allocate FAR by block and lot. That FAR over Gramercy park will never be unlocked under current regulations, thus that overall density limit is unattainable. There would need to be a way to transfer air rights across streets.

Gramercy park BTW is nothing special and I liken it most to a typical Park Avenue center median greenway. Its sole purpose in life is to provide bragging rights to select key holders and a view for their property

July 12th, 2014, 01:53 PM
Gramercy Park also provides a green respite from the surround steel and concrete and glass and asphalt. Parks of all sizes are needed in urban areas and are an indication of an enlightened society. Is the argument being made that NYC would be no worse off without such green spaces?

July 13th, 2014, 04:11 PM
Agree, all I was trying to say is that Gramercy Park isn't the stupendous wonderland you would be led to believe it was by the elite core of "God's chosen keyholders"

September 21st, 2014, 12:15 AM
New York City A City of Neighborhoods (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/neighbor/index.shtml)