New York City Neighborhoods

January 30, 2008 at 7:41 pm 2 comments

Use travel guides and books to familiarize yourself with your neighborhood

  • Bobst Library has a number of books on New York City and New York City neighborhoods, including travel guides which can be useful for learning more about your neighborhood. Most materials are in the 1st floor Reference area at the call number F 128.

Read news coverage of your neighborhood

  • LexisNexis –New York News Sources [NYU-Only]
    This pre-defined category searches the New York Post, Village Voice, New York Magazine, New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, and more. For more LexisNexis search tips see the LexisNexis post.
  • Factiva [NYU-ONLY]
    Like LexisNexis, Factiva covers tons of news sources. There is a lot of overlap, but Factiva tends to be better on the trades. (Factiva also includes Time Out which is not included in LexisNexis.TIPS–Use the hlp command to tell it to find your keywords in the Headline Lead Paragraphex. hlp=nolita

    –Click on “Custom to see all of the searchable field abbreviations.

    –Use the Region menu to limit your search to sources/articles identified with that region.

  • Gotham Gazette
    Includes “New York City News and Policy” articles as well as links to tons of NYC resources. Check out the Links Section (lower left side bar) for links to Org(anizations) and News Sites (local weeklies, etc.) Click on Manhattan in the Boros section to find out more about neighborhood resources. NYC Blogs are also listed.
  • EveryBlockNYC
    Combines news stories, civic information (building permits, restaurant closings, complaints, etc), and web content (photos from flickr) by location. Search for your neighborhood to see what’s going on.

Identify your community board

  • Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit: Community Boards (available via the site)
    Lists contacts, as well as websites (when a board has a website).
  • Find Your Community Board
    A list with contact and web address information for local community boards in all 5 boroughs. Community Board websites typically contain demographic and statistical data, in addition to constituent services. (Not all community boards have websites.)

Identify your neighborhood’s characteristics
Note: lots of data is organized around the community district # (same as the board number)

  • Department of City Planning (available via the site)
    Use the Reference area to identify your community district and get a statistical community district profile. Use Projects and Proposals to see what projects are in the pipe.
  • My Neighborhood Statistics
    Allows you to visualize land-use, as well as data for a neighborhood. See where post-offices, schools, etc. are located in your neighborhood.

Neighborhood Planning

Immigrant Populations in Neighborhoods

  • See the Newest New Yorkers 2000: Immigrant New York in the New Millennium from the NYC Department of City Planning, Population Division. Access via the Index to Current Urban Documents (NYU-ONLY). Once in the database, search for “Newest New Yorkers”.

Stars in your neighborhood


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