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June 24, 2020

Illegal Fireworks in NYC

Several publications (New York Times, NBC) have mentioned an increase in illegal fireworks complaints in NYC. Looking into the 311 data there was a surge of complaints in June 2020 and we are only slightly more than 1/2 through the month. The data was pulled from NYC’s open data portal on Monday, June 22nd. The drastic spike reminded me of the chart of un-employment claims on the front of the New York Times a few months ago. See the page on Fast Company.

May 04, 2020

BBQing in NYC

Locations in NYC Boroughs where one can BBQ. Note: BBQing Location is approximate as the latitude and longitude is that of the park. Not necessarly the exact BBQ location.

Originally DataisFun made a similar post with just the Manhattan locations. It’s now expanded to include all the Boroughs. One thing to note is that this includes the locations in NYC parks. If you wanted to BBQ maybe your apt. building or hotel would have BBQ access. (Probably unlikely, but possible).

Another option is Governor’s Island (GI). While it’s not part of the parks department it offers another way of BBQing in Manhattan.

Governor’s Island allows charcoal grills ( no propane). They can be reserved with a permit. For $26 permit it’s an inexpensive way of having a BBQ with friends, or you could just have a bbq in one of the NYC parks.

Data Source: https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/barbecue
BBQ icon: made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com

April 30, 2020

Tree requests in NYC

Was a new tree requested in your neighborhood?

April 20, 2020

Queens Public Libraries

There are 5 boroughs in NYC: Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan. One might think they have 1 library system however there are 3:

  • New York Public Library: Serves Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island
  • Brooklyn Public library – Serves Brooklyn
  • Queens Public library – Serves Queens

This is a visualization of library branches in Queens open on Sunday. One can also un-filter to see branches open all days.

Why visualize Queens and why Sunday?

Even though the Library systems are separate New Yorkers and join all 3. Decided to start with Queens since the dataset was available.

Why Sunday?

Although there are 65 locations in Queens only 3 of them are open on Sundays. This is a little less than 5%.

Individuals have varying schedules, but it’s interesting that so many locations are closed on Sundays. One might think Saturday and Sunday would be the days with the highest utilization because those that work a M-F job could visit on the weekend.

April 13, 2020

Fire Hydrants in NYC

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Data Source: https://data.cityofnewyork.us/Environment/Hydrants-of-the-City-of-New-York/6pui-xhxz

Fire Hydrant icon : Icons made by Freepik from Flaticon https://www.flaticon.com/

Locations of Fire Hydrants in NYC mapped:

An example of a data quality issue with a dataset. There are only 5 Boroughs in NYC, but the dataset listed 6. Forty (40) data points were not in one of the 5 boroughs. These were classified as borough ‘Unknown’. Based on where they are located on the Map maybe they are located in Nassau County? The dataset doesn’t include any information about borough 6.

April 10, 2020

NYC Firehouse Locations

Fire truck Icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com

Data Source: https://data.cityofnewyork.us/Public-Safety/FDNY-Firehouse-Listing/hc8x-tcnd

Mapped Locations of Fire Houses in NYC. Map coloring shows 2018 Household Income (median) by Zip.