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We all remember that scene in the 2010 film Inception where Leonardo DiCaprio invites Ellen Page inside one of his dreams and turns a city inside out, curving it on itself with his mind. It blew our minds; it was one of the most talked-about special effects stunts in the entire movie. However, the horizon-less projection the film achieves appeared a year before the film, this time designed by a London design firm called BERG. ‘Here & There‘ is a visualization of a horizon-less Manhattan, curled in upon itself and allowing a viewer to see every building and street tilting upwards.

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Stick to Youtube for music videos and funny cats. This Vimeo project is fairly old, but never fails to amaze us with its simplicity. This is ‘Conductor,’ by artist and videographer Alexander Chen.

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fun maps music jukebox touchtunes-NYC-Untapped Cities5The results are in: Beyonce claims most of Midtown while Jay-Z takes Brooklyn. All images via wsj.com

The Wall Street Journal calls it “A Musical Map of New York,” and the science is simple. Most bars have ditched the retro look of the stand-alone jukebox and gone digital. The new e-jukebox vendor TouchTunes caters to nearly 700,000 businesses and operates around 500 publicly accessible jukeboxes across the city. It recently collected the data from these machines and compiled them all into a map that displays what the city is listening to by borough and neighborhood. The results just might be the most concrete evidence we’ve recently seen attesting to New York City’s veritable smorgasbord of cultures, demographics, and now musical tastes.

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How many times have you found yourself wondering exactly how the five boroughs and the countless New York City neighborhoods stack up in terms of marital status or preferred home-heating method? If the answer to that question is anything other than ‘never,’ you’ll find something worthwhile at placeilive.com, a mapping website that offers a visualization of all of New York City based on concentrations of just about every social identifier imaginable.

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Who doesn’t love old maps or vintage photos? What about a robust tool that will meld both? Back in February New York Public Library labs released their Space/Time Directory the platform that will eventually host the 21,000 strong old map collection, all to the same scale so you can literally slide through time. Now, they’ve launched OldNYC, a platform that maps the photographs from the library’s Milstein Collection. It’s goal, the website states: “to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day.”

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Rats are a fact of life in New York City and if you’re like us, maybe you’re even a little bit fascinated by them. It seems like others are too, with every few months another rat map appearing. This latest heat map by Meredith Myers (via The Verge), part of the Rat Reservoir Program even automatically updates with the latest open source data on 311 reported rat sightings. Here’s a closer look by borough of the last 10,000 rat sightings:

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