04/01/14 10:00am

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On your next trip abroad, or even in your own backyard, these pocket city guides by Telescope Cards provide a small local map right in the palm of your hands. There’s no longer a need to fumble through pins on an electronic map when you can have your own collection of cards with your favorite locations to help you plan impromptu trips from your assorted choices. Using this interactive site, you can even link it to your Foursquare “To-Do” list and finally get to those authentic international restaurants you wanted to try or remember where all those quirky specialty shops are located.  (more…)

03/28/14 2:00pm

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The crew over at NYMag’s culture site Vulture is currently going over the last century of music in New York City. Their examination covers all the trends, superstars, cultural milestones and hits that have made NYC one of the worlds greatest musical meccas. Covering NYC’s rich Hip Hop history, the site has posted an awesome illustration by artist Sarah King. This illustrated map of NYC not only features the birthplaces of prominent Hip Hop acts like the Wu-Tang Clan, LL Cool J, Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z and others, but also features lyrics from Hip Hop’s greatest writers. The locations used in their songs shout out major neighborhoods and locations that helped shape Hip Hop culture in NYC. (more…)

03/19/14 9:00am

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One component of New York City’s comprehensive planning vision, PlaNYC, was the creation of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS). It measured street-level air pollution at 150 locations from 2008-2009 and 100 locations from 2010-2013. The first year’s 150 locations are displayed on the map above.

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03/07/14 1:00pm

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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.

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03/04/14 9:00am

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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…)

02/25/14 2:00pm

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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.

Curbed NY recently published a map of the 10 current most intense struggles for preservation in NYC, including many we have covered. These range from the struggle to save the Picasso Tapestry in the Four Seasons to the recent discussion by city’s Park Department on the state of the World Pavilion from the ’64 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows. Also included are the Apthorp on the Upper West Side and Central Park. (more…)