This is not the most beautiful map we’ve seen (and as we’ve written about, beautiful maps often lie!), but depending on your personal opinion, you might find it more truthful than others.
This “Judgmental Map” of New York City by Joe Larson, has its fare share of sweeping generalizations, and the ethnic ones make us a little uncomfortable, but to the map maker Joe Larson’s credit, he’s equal opportunity about making fun.
In 2012 the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the FAA under the Freedom of Information Act for the publication of the files revealing who has applied for and been granted licenses to fly drones, or unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) domestically. The files that the FAA released are each an application from an entity that wished to procure a UAV license called a Certificate of Authorization (COA) which is needed to fly a drone above 400 feet or for the military, outside of restricted airspace—which means outside of bases. Each COA application includes maps of where the drones will fly. (more…)
From the recently demolished Pan Am Terminal at JFK to the current fight to save the storied Rizzoli Bookstore in Midtown, struggles for preservation continue to wage on in New York City. Often a fight for landmark status, these battles pit developers against historians and preservationists to save sights important to the city’s history.
This Fun Maps post is guest-written by Margaret McKenna, Head of Data and Analytics at RunKeeper, a free app for running, cycling and other fitness activities
Recently the Flowing Data blog released a series of captivating maps created using public running routes from RunKeeper. Many media outlets picked up the maps, and local newspapers were happy to see a reflection of their hometowns. But tension arose around what the maps meant.
The Flowing Data editor suggested that the maps could be used by public officials for city planning. Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s Know More blog suggested the maps proved that only rich people use apps for fitness. One major problem with each of these arguments was that they assumed that the maps were correct.
New York, we caught a break. Winter Storm Rex, originally slated to dose us with yet more snow, has passed to the north (sorry, Boston!) and temperatures are expected to climb to a paradisiacal 50 degrees by Friday. But don’t pack in your winter clothes: the thermometer’s headed back south again next week. And for those of you kittens careless enough to have lost your finger warmers? Never fear, there’s an app for that, or rather a website. Cold hands, meet ifoundyourmitten.com. (more…)