Let's Get Visual: 5 Awesome Maps of NYC

Written By Tim Sheehan | November 26, 2013
2019%2f09%2f13%2f12%2f29%2f23%2f0cb3f926 cb24 4fa5 9f9c 5b0744c5d8bd%2ffile

Data is beautiful. It's even better when that data is about your own city. And data is most beautiful when the topic is your city and it's displayed in map form. We've compiled some of our favorite data maps of New York City. Check them out:


Building Ages

Building Ages in NYC

New York City is constantly under construction, but even so, some buildings still remain from the 17th and 18th Century, such as the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House in Brooklyn (1653) and Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan (1719). This beautiful map is compiled from open data from the City (some of which isn’t entirely correct) and is color coded from 1,053,713 buildings by age. Notice the amount of green and yellow in Midtown and the Financial District, and the amount of blue in the Villages, SoHo and along Central Park.


1836 vs Today

1836 NYC

This map allows you to compare modern-day New York City to the Big Apple of 1836. Use the viewfinder to scroll across Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn to see how the landscape has changed since the 1830’s. Notice any missing bridges? And where is Battery Park City? And Governor's Island seems to have grown, no?


What New Yorkers Complain About

NYC 311 Map

This one isn’t too surprising, but it’s still fun to look at. Base on two years of 311 calls concerning graffiti, noise and litter, this map shows where such complaints are made. Of course, noise complaints rule Manhattan except for a section downtown that can handle the noise, but not the graffiti.


Projected Flood Zones vs. Actual Sandy Flooding

NYC Sandy Flood Map

This map uses data from predicted surge zones based on Categories of hurricanes and shows what areas Hurricane Sandy flooded. The predictions were actually quite accurate, as the actual flooding lines up nicely with the predictions for a Category 1 Storm like Sandy.


A New Yorker’s View from the Met

NYC View From the Met

While this map isn’t a compilation of data like the previous ones, it’s still fun to look at. Fairly reminiscent of the famous New York Cover that depicts a New Yorker’s western view from 9th Avenue, this map shows a complex logarithmic view of the world from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It might take a minute to get your bearings, but you can see the world shrink from the Met, to Central Park, to New Jersey, to the Western United States, to the rest of the world. Because let’s face it, this is kind of how we view the world.

Blog Archive


This information is not verified for authenticity or accuracy and is not guaranteed and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. © 2021 REBNY Listing Service, Inc. All rights reserved. RLS IDX Data display by Elegran LLC. IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers’ personal, non- commercial use and that it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.

Elegran LLC may or may not be the exclusive listing agent of the properties being displayed on Elegran.com. All data displayed on Elegran.com is presented for informational purposes only and should be independently confirmed by all customers. All Information is compiled from both public and private sources including, but not limited to the RLS, MLS and ACRIS; each of which is assumed to be reliable. All information displayed is subject to errors and omissions regarding apartment specifications and final sale prices, and further, any unit listed may have had its listing withdrawn without notice subsequent to such information being compiled. No representation is made as to the accuracy of any description (ie: listing, close sale data, and/or building description) of any building or individual unit. All measurements and square footage are approximate and all information herein should be confirmed by customer and/or their attorney. Elegran LLC, its members, affiliates, and contributors adhere to New Your City, New York State, and United States Fair Housing Laws.