Neighborhoods are Neat; With Buildings They’re Better

We’d like to give you a sneak peak of a fun new project we’re working on: an interactive, informational map of every single building in the five boroughs of New York City.  Though it’s still in its development phase, we’re excited about how this map will give all New Yorkers the ability to learn all sorts of things about the buildings in which they live and work.

We’ve currently finished a pilot phase of the project and the enriched building footprints for SoHo are live on our site.  We’re working on bringing building footprints to the rest of NYC our neighborhoods polygons, but in the meantime we encourage you to explore the cool buildings around our office.

Soho Buildings


As you move your mouse across the page, you’ll see the address associated with each building. Click on any building that interests you, and you’ll be redirected to an individual page about that building.  We chose to click on 137 Varick Street, our company’s home.

137 Varick

On the individual building page, you’ll see a dot atop the building you’ve chose and also find a plethora of information about that building.  The overview tab gives you a snapshot of the property information from PLUTO, NYC’s land use and tax dataset.  The details tab shows you the rest of the building’s PLUTO information, and also shows you what political and administrative districts the building is in (e.g. Election District, Congressional District, School District, Police Precinct, etc). And in the energy tab, we’ve linked the buildings file to the Finance Department’s 2011 Energy Benchmarking report, which means you can see energy use and energy star ratings for non-residential buildings with just one click.

But our favorite tab is the Community Stats tab, which pulls in census and American Community Survey data to give you demographic and community information for a quarter-mile radius around the building. Looking at 137 Varick Street again, you can see that 6,179 people live within a quarter-mile of our office, that over 81% of those folks are white, and that very few of them are high-school age.

137 Varick

We love the way the buildings footprints lets all New Yorkers intuitively find answers to the questions that matter to them with no more than a few mouse clicks. Adding this sort of useful functionality to NYC’s incredible open data ecosystem is really exciting to us, and we hope it is for you, too.

Have fun clicking around SoHo and tell us about anything you find, from gems to glitches.  We promise to keep you posted as we upload our enriched building footprints geoJSONs to our data wrangler, but in the meantime you can check out the buildings footprints that we’ve already uploaded. As always, we really appreciate your contributions to making NYC’s open data even better!

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