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The New York City skyline is getting a major face lift. By 2020, the city will have almost 40 new skyscrapers above 700 feet. While we’ve already compiled a list of the 10 tallest buildings in the City that either exist or are planned, National Geographic has recently reimagined New York City’s skyline with these various new planned and proposed skyscrapers. There are currently 15 new buildings higher than 700-feet being built in Manhattan and 19 other proposed. With this fun interactive map, you can explore the new developments of New York’s ever changing skyline. Light blue represents buildings that were completed from 2004 to 2015; orange represents buildings that are under construction; and yellow represents proposed projects.


311 complaint maps are all the rage (and several Untapped Cities folks are even behind a new 311 app competing in NYCBigApps semifinal this Sunday). In this latest map by StreetEasy “Neighborhood Fright Levels,” the analyst team at the real estate company mapped out Halloween complaints for the last two years in New York City. Typical complaints included in this Halloween special edition include things like “urinating in public,” “disorderly youth,” “noise”, “unsanitary condition,” “dirty condition,” “overflowing litter basket,” and more. (more…)

WNYC Map “Bike Blockers: What’s in Your Way?”

Bikers know that many factors shape the efficiency of a good biking route. You have to pay attention to pedestrians, tourists, taxis, incline, traffic volume, safety, time of day, quality of the road, and more. One of the most annoying and disruptive may be the illegally parked car in the bike lane. Have no fear, master mappers WNYC has a new Fun Map: Bike Blockers What’s In Your Way? Snap a picture of these “bike blockers” and let the biking community know where these perpetrators are located by emailing a geolocated photo to bikes@wnyc.org.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on icons to see blockers) but you can also enjoy this map on the WNYC website.


Fans of OldNYC will be excited to see another historical photo mapping tool. The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation (GVSHP) has released its historic photo archive. Though it currently only has 300 images (vs. the 21,000 in OldNYC, the images here range from 19th century drawings to images of lost buildings, to places preserved thanks to the New York City Landmarks law, and more will be added. The photos reflect specifically “the history of the people and built environment of Greenwich Village and surrounding areas,” writes GVSHP.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on the icons to see the images), but you can also browse and search on the GVSHP website.


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Fans of pschotherapy and urbanism maps, will get a trip out of this tool, as featured on 6sqft last week. With #Rorschmap, a project by James Birdle, you can enter any address in the world in the white box at the bottom of the page (though it defaults to London) and pull up that place rendered as a Rorschach test pattern.


Split view of Manhattan, l c. 1609, r. todaySplit image of Manhattan in 1609 and present day. Image via Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City

A small, verdant island on the starboard side of his ship attracted Henry Hudson as he sailed up the river on the edge of North America.  The Lenape Indians called this lush and fertile island Manahatta, meaning “island of many hills.” The book Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City by Eric Sanderson reveals a portrait of a quiet, wooded island at the mouth of a great river in 1609 when Hudson’s Half Moon sailed up the river that bears his name today. Sanderson has launched Welikia, meaning “my good home,” in an effort to show what the five boroughs looked like in 1609.