You know the results of last week’s primary election in New York state but the team at the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York updated the database of maps on their NYC Election Atlas following the election, which we covered before the Primary. There’s even a map to show location of the “purged” voters in Brooklyn.
The darkest blue electoral districts on the map represent areas where 80% or more of registered voters are enrolled as Democrats
Next week is New York City’s Presidential Primary and the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has updated its NYC Election Atlas for the 2016 Primary. You can find maps by election district of Democratic and Republican enrollment, where Clinton supporters were located in 2008, voting trends for primary voters, new Democrats, and more. All of these maps have further drill-downs with overlays by ethnicity, income, occupation, household types and more.
Here are some fun facts from the 2016 Primary section of the NYC Election Atlas:
2016 is the 35th anniversary of Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). While the festival isn’t until April 30th, you can already catch cherry blossoms in bloom at the garden. In fact, BBG has a handy “Cherrywatch” map that gets updated daily showing the bloom state of the cherry trees and what species they are. The above is just a screenshot, but on the BBG website, you can see based on the key whether a specific tree is pre-bloom, at first bloom, peak bloom or post-bloom.
The New York City Department of Transportation has released its annual bike map, both digitally and with a circulation of 375,00 hard copies that will go in bike shops, libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs. Gothamist reports that the map has 70 miles of new or upgraded bike lanes and that the DOT has promised 15 new miles to come this year. The map also comes with a list of bike shops, biking tips, and a legend that shows different types of bike lanes (protected, shared, and more), as well as the location of Citi Bike docks.
Lost streams of Brooklyn, mapped by Eymund Diegel
We’ve previously gone in search of Manhattan’s buried streams and most recently reported about efforts to daylight a river in the Bronx, so we were excited to see the report in Harper’s Magazine about a man tracing the lost rivers of Brooklyn. It’s easy to forget, even in the outer boroughs, how much engineering has been undertaken to make New York City more habitable to settlement and how much natural landscape has been reclaimed in the process. Urban planner Eymund Diegel, who works at the New York City Department of Transportation, took Harper’s around to trace the lost Brooklyn streams, and created his own map.
Heat Graph of NYC Water Complaints in 2015
New York City’s drinking water is one of the best in the country, but it doesn’t mean that issues don’t occur. After all, some parts of the water system are 174 years old, with the Croton Aqueduct completed in 1842. This week, Columbia University statistics professor Tian Zheng shared her students’ exploration of New York City’s water complaints via Twitter. The online app created by students Schinria Islam, Richard Wang, and Josh Dillon addresses many aspects of water quality issues, with the home page a “complaint” cloud from comments ranging from “I’m sick because of my water,” to “My water got turned off.” There are maps, charts and graphs that track the location and type of complaints by year and by borough.