Interactive Map: The Age of Almost Every Building in NYC

Interactive Map: The Age of Almost Every Building in NYC

The Exact Age of Almost Every Building in NYC, in One Map

via Gizmodo

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today I had to fill in some building department forms and needed to provide the date the existing building was built. I had no luck finding the information in my files on the project, on the architect’s drawings, or any other correspondence I had. A quick search yielded this beautiful map that provides the age of the building based on various data. The map is interactive and a time suck for anyone interested in NYC history, real estate, archaeology, etc. -RJ)

NYC Building Age Map

It’s hard to tell how old a city really is without knowing the age of each and every part of it. And with this stunningly neon map that indexes the ages of some 1,053,713 New York City buildings, you can do exactly that.

We’ve seen similar maps of Brooklyn before, but this rendition of the concept, put together by Brandon Liu turns the whole city into a historical orgy of color. The map makes use of NYC’sPLUTO data set, which offers tax data about different lots in one giant file.

The data’s not totally infallible; a few people have pointed out some inaccuracies. But on the whole, it shows a cool at-a-glance overview of what’s new, what’s old, and what’s old. Just don’t bet your life on any of the exact dates.

NYCMap

 

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