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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. 

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

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!

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.

Database Spotlight: Social Explorer

New to Columbia University Libraries is 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.

Try it now! Bookmark it at this link:

http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio7334603

My Neighborhood Statistics from NYC.gov

my_statsHow clean are the streets in your beat neighborhood?  How many water main breaks were reported in FY08?  What is the average response time to all critical crimes in progress in your beat?  How many 311 calls have come in to complain about illegal parking???  Answer these questions and many more with My Neighborhood Statistics, an interactive tool from the Mayor’s Office of Operations for NYC neighborhood statistics. The data is searchable by street address or intersection.