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The website “Placing Literature” is a map-based, crowd sourced platform that locates literary scenes in real-life locations all around the world. Founded in 2013 by Andrew Bardin Williams, who was a resident of New Haven at the time, Placing Literature launched a redesigned site last week making the experience more even more fun, particularly on the go. In New York City, you can discover where Bartleby gets hired (Herman Melville), where the tree grows in Brooklyn, follow Sherman McCoy as he crosses the Triborough Bridge with his mistress in The Bonfire of the Vanities, and more.

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NYU Furman Center-Foreign Born-NYC-Map

New York City is known as the “melting pot” of the United States, but just how many foreign born residents are there and where do they live? This is what the NYU Furman Center has tackled in a recently released map, tracking the 37% of New York City residents (from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey) who have come from another country. This is up more than 1% from the 2000 data. Each dot in the map represents 500 residents born in the respective country by Census tract.

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Todd W. Schneider is a software engineer who has been analyzing the New York City’s open data in his spare time, documenting the results on topics as varied as Citi Bike trips, Uber v. Taxi pickups, and non-city oriented topics like the 2016 election. With Citi Bike topping 10 million rides in 2015, Schneider decided to take a deep dive into the transportation system’s open data. One of the most fun maps he’s created in the bunch is an animation of the rides taken on September 16, 2015. The day is random (albeit a weekday) but Schneider uses it to show general trends in Citi Bike usage.

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PlowNYC-Real Time Snow Removal-NYC.gov-Blizzard Jonas-NYC-Fun Maps

We hope that you are all safely ensconced at home, viewing Blizzard Jonas from your window like we are from Brooklyn. But if you’re like us, you might have plans sometime today too (we’re headed to the Metropolitan Opera tonight). NYC.gov has a useful map, PlowNYC, tracking real-time street plowing in New York City.

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If you love maps, there’s a good chance that the company CartoDB may have powered many of the ones you’ve seen. On Untapped Cities alone, CartoDB has been attributed to maps like the oldest place to drink by neighborhood, how connected neighborhoods will be to the LinkNYC Wifi portals, a map of doors photographed by a 1970s photographer, and many more. When CartoDB contacted us about their 2015 311 complaints dashboard, we were particularly interested because of our own NYC Big Apps finalist project last year on improving the 311 system. Did you know that 18 million calls go into 311 each year? That’s 50,000 per day. 

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World Wide Subway Map-Art Code-Data-NYC-4

Inspired by architect Constant Nieuwenhuys‘ 1959 “New Babylon” collage that imagined a globe of interconnected, borderless cities, New York City-based collective ArtCodeData has created one about transit – combining all 214 subway systems into a single map. The root of the idea is conceptual, as ArtCodeData writes in a successful Kickstarter campaign, “The inner life of cities is made of their subways. What would happened if all the lines in the world would be reunited in a single system. Since the tube is the veins and circulatory system of the ‘animal-city’ if we gather all those possibilities, we could achieve a total circulatory entity?”

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