Orienting your life to have optimal access to Chinese food in New York City is made possible using this map created by Dorothy Gambrell from her blog, Very Small Array. If Chinese food is your drug, just be sure to stay in the dark orange neighborhoods and out of the light yellow ones.
Here, Array explains the concept and varied sources she used for the 2010 map:
Stars designate the zip codes with the highest and lowest percentage of Chinese restaurants in each borough, among zip codes with twenty or more restaurants. Restaurant information is from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Neighborhood names are based on Zip Code Lookup and the New York Department of City Planning.
For comparison, the map below shows the Chinese population in the city published on The New York Times by Ford Fessenden and Matthew Bloch, made from Census data released in April 2011: Interestingly, Soundview in the Bronx, one of the most Chinese restaurant-heavy neighborhoods appears to have only a single red dot and Canarsie’s Chinese population also looks sparse. What could account for this ethnic food-concentration-demographic disparity? Overall, we can safely say there’s a lot more going on than these maps imply. We’d love to see data broken down into type of Chinese restaurants (take-out, dining, buffet) by neighborhood and other possible correlations between Chinese food density and ethnic/socioeconomic factors. Get in touch with the author @untappedmaps. See more maps in our Fun Maps column.