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April 13, 2020

Fire Hydrants in NYC

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Fire Hydrant icon : Icons made by Freepik from Flaticon

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

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

March 31, 2020

BBQ in Manhattan

Want to BBQ in NYC? Find a specific spot in the park. The above visualization just includes Manhattan. There are also BBQ area in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island. Those will be visualized in later posts.

March 25, 2020

Water Usage in NYC

From 1979 – 2018

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I found it surprising that water consumption decreased in NYC over the 1979 – 2018 period. Especially since population increased during the same period. The inverse relationship between water consumption and population was unexpected.

March 22, 2020

Canine Waste Bag Dispensers in NYC

Caught off guard with out a bag to pick up your dog’s poop? Maybe one of these locations can help you out. The bag dispensers are located in each of the 5 boroughs. It would be cool if there was some indication of inventory. If it’s completely empty it’s not helpful.

It’s surprising how few of these dispensers are located in Manhattan. It will be interesting to revisit this data in a couple years to see if more are installed. Will the state wide plastic bag ban affect usage of these dispensers? With the slow elimination of plastic store bags will there be more poop on the streets and/or will usage increase?

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March 01, 2020

School of Data

BETA NYC’s one day School of Data is happening on Saturday, March 7th in NYC. This year it’s in Queens (in Long Island City) at CUNY Law school.

You can get a ticket here.

There are bunch of sessions to choose from. This years sessions are posted here. If you can’t make it to NYC this year there is also a livestream.

I also really like how the data is presented and the flexibility the platform offers. It makes it easy for me to compare across sessions so I can choose the presentations I’m most interested in.