Tag Archives: NYC.gov

NYC Government Documents Guide

Looking for NYC government documents?   The Government Information Librarian has a wonderful research guide to assist you with links to a variety of publications!  Check out the New York City Documents Guide here:


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.

Community Districts and District Managers and City Planning and…

Perhaps you have already been assigned a beat neighborhood, or a community district to cover, and are not sure exactly what a community district is, or where your beat is located? Here are some ways to start discovering your new beat.

Scoping Out Your Beat is a guide with links to some crucial resources, including the Department of City Planning website (which includes Community District Profiles), and the Gotham Gazette’s Community Gazettes section (note that Gotham Gazette uses council district, rather than community district, to organize its site.

Your professor may have mentioned some books available in the Journalism Library, called Community District Needs. These books are published annually by the Department of City Planning, and there is one volume per borough.  Columbia University Libraries has multiple copies on campus, including the most recent in the Journalism Library reference collection.

Please note that the community district profiles posted on the Department of City Planning website include almost all of the information in the books. What’s missing from the website? The detailed memo from each community board, which spells out what each district needs from the City in terms of improvements and funding. So, if you are going to take a look at the Community District Needs books at the library, no need to photocopy the entire section. Just photocopy the memo, and you can get the rest online!