Category Archives: maps

Social Explorer for Historical Maps

Looking for historical U.S. Census maps?  Try Social Explorer – a database product that helps to visually analyze and understand the demographics of the United States through the use of interactive maps and data reports.  Explore thousands of historical data maps, from the first US Census in 1790 to the present.

Census – Population Density, NYC Metro Area

1790, 1890, 1990

1790 1890 1990

NYC’s Rat Information Portal

RIP mapLooking for NYC Department of Health findings on inspections for rats?  The Rat Information Portal, commonly known as RIP, has information searchable by property address, tax block and lot, or by selecting an area or property from a map.  Information about inspections, violations, compliance, exterminations, and cleanups are available as far back as January 1, 2006. 

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NYC Land Use – Fast Facts

NYC Land UseNYC Land Use – Fast Facts – did you know that:

  • Brooklyn leads the 5 boroughs in multi-family residential land use
  • Queens has more lot area for parking than any other borough
  • Manhattan devotes 25.4% of its land use to open spaces

Find these and other land use fast facts at the Department of City Planning’s NYC Land Use website.  And check out zoning maps for specific areas – use the Map Finder to get the zoning map for a particular street address.

Divide (and Conquer) NYC Using the Address Translator

NYC Address TranslatorIs it possible for one address to be in Community District 09, Election District 91, Police Precinct 26, AND Congressional District 15???

YES!  And to help you make sense of the different city agency-drawn boundaries, use the Address TranslatorGeographic Information by Address at the Department of City Planning.  Type in the address to find Police Precinct, Election District, Community District, Census Tract/Block, School District, and more!

Newseum – Today’s Front Pages

Ever find yourself sitting down with the New York Times and wondering what’s on the front page of the Shreveport Times instead? Curious to know whether the lead story in the Washington Post today rates a mention on page one of South Jersey’s Courier-Post?

The Newseum has a great tool that allows you to view the front pages of notable newspapers all over the world. Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. Our favorite way to browse the front pages is by viewing them on a map, as seen above. Maps are available for North America, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, South America and Africa. In addition to being a lot of fun to simply browse, it’s also a great tool for comparing coverage of big stories in all corners of the world.

Radical Cartography

Radical Cartography is a really cool website put together by Bill Rankin, a graduate student at Harvard University. He’s created some very interesting maps that present new ways of looking at transportation, commerce, income distribution and other topics in a variety of cities, including New York.

Land value by square foot of dirt, Manhattan. Map by Bill Rankin.

Additionally, all of the maps, text and images on Radical Cartography are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share-Alike License 3.0, so you are free to use, quote, or manipulate anything you want, as long as you give attribution, do not use the material for commercial purposes, and release any derivative works under the same license.

Cemetery Records


More people live in New York City than any other city in the US, and, consequently, many die here as well.  Some of New York’s biggest cemeteries have placed their burial records online, which can be a useful place to start looking for information on New York residents of the past. Here’s a few links to some that we’ve found (click the links in parentheses to see a Google Map of the cemetery), and feel free to post a comment if you know of others not listed here!

Canarsie Cemetery (Brooklyn)

Evergreens Cemetery (Brooklyn)

Green-Wood Cemetery (Brooklyn)

Mount Carmel Cemetery (Queens)

Mount Hebron Cemetery (Queens)

Mount Judah Cemetery (Queens)

Mount Lebanon Cemetery (Queens)

Mount Zion Cemetery (Queens)