Tag Archives: NYC.gov

NYC Community District Profiles – First Stop for Beat Reporting

New York City's 59 community districts within its 5 boroughs show the incredible diversity of our city.  Each district profile contains summary data on population characteristics and land area and use.  Using 2010 Census information, these profiles are a great way to know your communities (age, ethnicity, household, income support, population changes), and each community board writes a needs statement at the beginning of the profile, talking about the particular needs and issues – traffic congestion and parking, affordable housing, schools, parks and recreation facilities, economic and retail development, and more.  This statement provides a context for development and budget priorities.

There is one bound volume per borough available in the reference section of the Journalism Library, call number HT168.N3

These profiles are also available online and for download in PDF format:

Compare to the Citywide Profile, and find much more at the Department of City Planning website.  Go on, take a bite out of the big apple!

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.

NYC Zoning Handbook

Zoning HandbookEverything you wanted to know about NYC zoning but were afraid to ask!  It’s all here in the Zoning Handbook, 2011 edition from the Department of City Planning – now at your fingertips in the Journalism Library, call number KFX2079 .A2 2011g

What does FAR stand for?  What is a restrictive declaration?  What is a tax lot?  In what forms would one see a Privately Owned Public Space?  Get the answers to these and much more in the Zoning Handbook. With maps, data tables, information on special purpose districts, it’s great reference for all things pertaining to NYC zoning!

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!

General Statistical Sources: New York City and State

Looking for a guide on finding statistical sources for New York City and State?  Check out the General Statistical Sources:  New York City and State research guide brought to you by Columbia’s Government Information Librarian!


New York and London:
Heading Back to the Top

This event, featuring a conversation between Mayors Michael Bloomberg of New York and Boris Johnson of London, is the kickoff for continuing discussion between these two cities. Participants will focus on major issues facing New York and London: the future of their financial sectors, the diversification of their economies, building and maintaining their capital plants, and expanding housing affordability.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Low Memorial Library | 535 West 116th Street
Columbia University in the City of New York

Registration will open at noon on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. To RSVP, or to find out more, please visit:  www.worldleaders.columbia.edu


The Center for Rethinking Development
at the Manhattan Institute

The Center for Urban Innovation
at the Regional Plan Association

The School of International and Public Affairs
Global Mayors Forum


Columbia University World Leaders Forum