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New York City Makes Its Map Data Accessible

July 29, 2013 - in Smart Cities

New York City streets are free to walk, but until now getting the city’s master map database cost dearly. That changed on Thursday, when the Department of City Planning made MapPLUTO — an extensive database full of information about each of the city’s…

New York Pedestrian Maps Are Coming as Part of WalkNYC Initiative

June 25, 2013 - in Projects, Transportation

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced the initial installation WalkNYC, the agency’s comprehensive…

New York City Releases Climate Assessment and Adaptation Plan

June 12, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared the city’s plan for adapting to climate change. The Earth is warming. Atmospheric and oceanic temperatures…

The Disorderly Story of the Perfectly Orderly New York City Street Grid

April 6, 2013 - in Smart Cities

Manhattan was born free, but almost everywhere north of Houston Street, it is in chains. Such has been the argument of a long line of writers, critics, and ordinary New Yorkers who despise—with a vitriol nearly unique to debates about city planning—the…

New York City Adds “Code Corps” to Harness Volunteers for Disaster Response

March 18, 2013 - in Emergency, Projects

Code Corps is the nation’s first municipal program that engages vetted volunteer technologists to realize lifesaving City government initiatives with an emphasis on emergency and disaster recovery needs. Code Corps partners include nonprofit and private…

New York City Adds "Code Corps" to Harness Volunteers for Disaster Response

March 18, 2013 - in Emergency, Projects

Code Corps is the nation’s first municipal program that engages vetted volunteer technologists to realize lifesaving City government initiatives with an emphasis on emergency and disaster recovery needs. Code Corps partners include nonprofit and private…

Visualizing Urban Complaints in New York City

February 4, 2013 - in Uncategorized

MIT Senseable City Labs visualization expert Dietmar Offenhuber pulled together a map-based visualization of New York City's 311 calls to view the neighborhoods with the most complaints for litter, noise and graffiti. It seems that Manhattan complains more…

What Design Brings to the Table

November 10, 2012 - in Planning, Smart Cities

Alexandros E. Washburn directs the urban design division of the New York City Department of City Planning. The primary responsibility of Mr. Washburn’s group — a cadre of specialists who supply the Department of City Planning with pictorial renderings…

Worrying Beyond Hurricane Sandy

November 1, 2012 - in Emergency

It is small comfort to sodden and stranded New Yorkers that Hurricane Sandy’s flooding of the city’s infrastructure, from power lines to subways to low-lying communities, was predicted in grimly precise detail by scientists in the latest state and city…

New York City Adds Sensors to Manhole Covers to Monitor Flow

September 25, 2012 - in Projects, Sensors, Water

New York City has 7,400 miles of sewer lines, with a need to monitor elevated flow levels to stop problems before they get worse.New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has started a sensor pilot program with aims to improve performance…