Category Archives: Research Tips

NYC Election Research

Looking for research on NYC elections and campaign finance information?  Try these sites!

New York City Board of Elections website provides:

New York City Campaign Finance Board website provides:

  • CFB Searchable Database that allows you to search by election cycle, candidate, contributor name, amount of contribution, date of contribution, contributor employer
  • campaign finance summaries for citywide elections
  • press tools, including calendar of scheduled board meetings, campaign finance law, enforcement information

Statistical Treats for a Happy Halloween!

Happy HalloweenDid you know?

  • 1.1 billion total pounds of pumpkin were grown in the U.S. in 2010 
  • there are an estimated 41 million potential trick-or-treaters in the U.S., ages 5-14
  • California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 135

Find these and other fun holiday statistics at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Newsroom, Facts for Features & Special Editions page – one of the census projects designed for journalists.  This collection of statistics from demographic and economic subject areas provides information, background, and source citing for topics in the news.  Happy Halloween!

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. 

For more information, email:  RatPortal@health.nyc.gov.

Library Study Spaces

butler.2008-04-30.DSC_9015We’ve all been there. You’ve got a huge exam in the morning, but you can’t tear yourself away from all those DVRed episodes of "The Bachelor," right? You need to find a place to study, free of all the distractions of home, but you’d also like it to stay open late, and be in close proximity to food?

The Study Spaces page of the Columbia University Libraries website breaks down all the library study spaces on campus by the features they offer, including which libraries offer quiet spaces, rooms for group work, and spaces providing close proximity to food. Find the right space for you and hit the books!  (Red Bull not included)

 

Labor Day Stats

commuterDid you know:

  • the first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City?
  • the mean travel time to work for New Yorkers is 39.2 minutes?
  • there are currently 153.2 million people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force?

Find these and other interesting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features & Special Editions!

 

NYT & WNYC to Launch SchoolBook

A new project – SchoolBook – will launch on September 7th, 2011 – a collaboration of the New York Times and WNYC, which will be a site offering daily news, data, and discussion about New York City schools, including customized pages for each of the 1,700 pubic schools and 800 private schools in the city.

Sign up to get email notification when the site will be ready at:

http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/

In the meantime, do you need other NYC education resources for your beat reporting?  Try:

for statistics, data, and reports on schools.

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!