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.”
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:
I Quant NY has a new map, as quirky as always, looking at the distribution of parking tickets in New York City by state. Using the city’s Open Data, he uncovered that parking tickets are charged to residents in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico and eleven out of thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Not surprisingly, New York state ranks #1 in terms of total fines, but you might not know that it accounts for over half a billion dollars. Following New York is New Jersey, Pennsylvania and then Connecticut. Ben Wellington, of I Quant NY, also notes that Canada contributes a little under a million dollars year.
First off, who knew there was a census for trees? The tree census takes place every ten years, with the last census in 2005 and the next one occurring this year. Jill Hubley, a web developer from Brooklyn, has put together a beautiful interactive map of New York City’s tree distribution, based on the 2005 census. She also filed a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request for the 1995 tree census, and will have the results at the end of this month. This means she’ll be able to compare the tree cover evolution in New York City over time, accounting for the city’s Million Trees Initiative, and later add this year’s results.
Madison Square Park and Flatiron Building in Pac-Man mode on Google Maps
If you read in the news yesterday that you could play Pac-Man in Google Maps, but didn’t get to it–do not fret. It’s still available. Just navigate to Google Maps on your desktop browser and you’ll see the normal option to toggle to Google Earth in the bottom left, and a new icon to toggle to Pac-Man mode. Most fun is that you can choose anywhere around the world, and that becomes your game frame. There’s sound too, but luckily it defaults to mute so your coworkers may not hear the siren sounds coming from your computer.
Heat map of operating systems: Red = iOS, Green = Android, Purple = Blackberry
As part of a presentation for DLD (Digital-Life-Design) Conference, NYU Clinical Professor of Marketing Scott Galloway, who is also the founder of research firm L2, presented a heat map of mobile operating systems in New York City created on Mapbox by GNIP, a social data resource. Galloway says that the wealthier areas of Manhattan correlate with iOS usage, while “as you go into the lower income households and suburbia, Android lights up.” He also makes a note, “By the way, if you see purple in the middle lighting up, that’s Jurassic Park. That’s the dinosaurs using Blackberry.” While the composite map is certainly impactful, it’s another example of how maps can be misleading–a subject we previously explored with Runkeeper in “Beautiful Maps and the Lies They Tell.”