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PLUTO and MapPLUTO

PLUTO™

Extensive land use and geographic data at the tax lot level in comma–separated values (CSV) file format. The PLUTO files contain more than seventy fields derived from data maintained by city agencies.

Release............. 16v2
Date of Data..... May 2016 – September 2016

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MapPLUTO™

MapPLUTO merges PLUTO tax lot data with tax lot features from the Department of Finance’s Digital Tax Map (DTM), clipped to the shoreline. It contains extensive land use and geographic data at the tax lot level in ESRI ArcGIS shape format and dbase table format.

Note to Users:
The shape files are created in ArcGIS10.1 and the metadata within the shape files are ESRI-ISO format. The detailed metadata within the shape files can be displayed properly in ArcGIS10.1 or Higher.

Release............. 16v2
Date of Data..... May 2016 – September 2016

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Zoning related datasets

NYC Zoning Tax Lot Database

The Zoning Tax Lot Database is a comma–separated values (CSV) file format that contains up-to-date zoning by parcel. The Database includes the zoning designations and zoning map associated with a specific tax block and lot. The Database is updated on a monthly basis to reflect rezoning and corrections to the file.

The NYC Zoning Tax Lot Database will be updated on the last Monday of every month. Updates will include recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council.

Release..............March 2017
Date of Data.......March 2017

There will be no April 2017 release of the monthly NYC Zoning Tax Lot Database. The zoning tax lot database currently available for download on the Bytes of the Big Apple page of the DCP website are unchanged..

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NYC GIS Zoning Features

The GIS Zoning Features data set is provided as a free download in ESRI Shapefile and file geodatabase formats. These are industry-standard GIS data formats, compatible with most GIS and CAD software, and also viewable using free GIS viewers like ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer or Google Earth. This data set is continuous (seamless) city-wide and consists of 6 classes of zoning features: zoning districts, special purpose districts, special purpose district subdistricts, limited height districts, commercial overlay zones, and zoning map amendments.

While representative of the information contained in DCP’s printed zoning maps, this GIS data set is not intended to replace those maps, but to provide an additional source of zoning information for the general public’s use in digital mapping and analysis applications. The downloadable zoning data will be updated on the last Monday of every month. Updates will include recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council.

Note to Users:
1. Zoning data changes frequently! The downloadable zoning data will be updated on the last Monday of every month. Updates will include recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council.
2. These features are not intended for determining zoning at the individual tax lot level.
3. The ESRI version is released as a File Geodatabase that can only be used with ArcGIS version 10.1 or higher.

Release.............April 2017
Date of Data......April 2017 (date of most recent City Council adoptions included in data: 2/15/17)

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Georeferenced NYC Zoning Maps

The Georeferenced NYC Zoning Maps raster dataset is intended to be a spatial representation of the entire zoning map catalog for the City of New York as one seamless citywide raster zoning map sans title blocks. These maps are normally maintained as 126 individual quarter sections and printed periodically for inclusion in Vol III of the City’s Zoning Resolution. This dataset encompasses recent changes to mapped zoning districts or zoning text amendments as they are adopted by the City Council as well as filed City Map changes.

Release............April 2017
Date of Data..... April 2017

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FRESH Food Stores Zoning Boundaries

The FRESH boundaries show where zoning and discretionary tax incentives are available for the development, expansion and renovation of full line grocery stores and supermarkets. This is a geographic file created by the New York City Department of City Planning, showing eligible areas for zoning incentives and eligible areas for tax incentives through the NYC Industrial Development Agency.

For more information on the FRESH program and other incentives targeting grocery stores, please see www.nyc.gov/FRESH.

Release............. 2016.1
Date of Data..... November 2016

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Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)

The Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program was adopted in 2016 to encourage the creation of housing for families at a range of incomes in areas planned for housing growth. When actions of the Commission significantly increase residential density, the City Planning Commission and the City Council will apply one or more options to require affordable housing as part of new residential construction.

Note to Users:
These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining Mandatory Inclusionary Housing eligibility at the tax lot level. Please refer to PDF Document Appendix F the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.

Release............. March 2017
Date of Data..... March 2017

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Inclusionary Housing Designated Areas

The PDF Document Inclusionary Housing Designated Areas Program was created in 2005 to encourage the creation and preservation of affordable housing in medium and high-density neighborhoods being rezoned to create new housing opportunities. The program modifies the base floor area ratio (FAR) available for developments and offers a floor area bonus for developments that provide affordable housing either on-site or within the surrounding community.

Note to Users:
These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining Inclusionary Housing Bonus eligibility at the tax lot level. Please refer to PDF Document Appendix F of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.

Release............. 2015.2
Date of Data..... July 2015

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Transit Zones

Transit Zone boundaries are mapped to encompass neighborhoods that are dense, proximate to public transportation options, and where car ownership rates are lowest. Within the Transit Zone, no off-street parking spaces are required to be built for Income Restricted Housing Units (also referred to as IRHU) and Affordable Independent Residences for Seniors (also referred to as AIRS), and discretionary actions allow for the removal of parking spaces that were previously required, or the reduction of spaces that would normally need to be built for certain other housing types.

Release............. July 2016
Date of Data..... May 2016

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Lower Density Growth Management Area

A PDF Document Lower Density Growth Management Area is an area designated in the Zoning Resolution where new developments must provide more off-street parking, larger yards and more open space than would otherwise be required in the applicable zoning districts In Staten Island and Bronx Community District 10.

This downloadable data is the approximate area in these sections of the City where new development are required to comply to the rules and regulations of Lower Density Growth Management Area.

Note to Users:
These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining whether new development must comply to rules and regulations at the tax lot level. Please refer to the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.

Release............. 2011.1
Date of Data..... September 2011

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Sidewalk Cafes

This feature class is a spatial representation of the Sidewalk Cafe regulations in the New York City Zoning Resolution, Chapter 1, Article 4.
The CafeType field indicates the types of Sidewalk Cafes that are permitted:

  • All Cafes (includes Enclosed, Unenclosed, and Small)
  • Unenclosed Only (includes Small)
  • Small Only
  • Not Permitted (for locations where the zoning would normally permit, but some other regulation prohibits.)

Lines are coincident with the Department Of Finance Tax Block edges. This dataset is maintained to reflect changes to mapped zoning districts or zoning text amendments as they are adopted by the City Council.

Note to Users:
1.The zoning districts affecting the allowed sidewalk café locations throughout the city change frequently! The Sidewalk Cafes GIS data will be updated on the last Monday of every month to include areas where recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council have changed allowed sidewalk café locations.
2. These features only indicate areas where certain cafes types should or should not be allowed according to zoning regulations. The Department of Consumer Affairs approval is always required for sidewalk cafes.
3. The ESRI version is released as a File Geodatabase that can only be used with ArcGIS version 10.1 or higher.

Release.............. April 2017
Date of Data....... April 2017 (date of most recent City Council adoptions included in data: 2/15/17)

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Waterfront related datasets

NYC Publicly Accessible Waterfront

The Publicly Accessible Waterfront data contains information about waterfront areas accessible to the public that are either publicly owned or on private property. One shapefile contains information about publicly owned accessible waterfront areas. The second shapefile includes information about other publicly accessible waterfront areas of which most are privately-owned.  A database contains additional information about those spaces in the second shapefile. All files are provided as a free download. These components complement each other and may be used together. The two shapefiles were used to create the City Waterfront Interactive Maps.

To read more about the individual data components click on the Download button.

Release............. 2014
Date of Data...... October 2014

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Waterfront Access Plan

A Waterfront Access Plan is a detailed framework set forth in the Zoning Resolution, that tailors waterfront bulk regulations and public access requirements to the specific conditions of a particular waterfront. Development of individual waterfront parcels governed by the plan triggers a requirement to build and maintain public access areas in accordance with the WAP. This downloadable data is the representation of all existing WAP areas.

Note to Users:
These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining WAP applicability at the tax lot level. Please refer to PDF Document Section 62-90 of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.

Release............. 2011.1
Date of Data..... September 2011

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WRP Coastal Zone Boundary

The Coastal Zone Boundary defines the geographic scope of New York City's Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP). Pursuant to federal statute, the boundary encompasses all land and water of direct and significant impact on coastal waters. Federal lands and facilities are excluded from the coastal zone and consistency review in accordance with federal legislation.

Special area designations of the NYC WRP’s Coastal Zone Boundary include Special Natural Waterfront Areas (SNWA), Priority Marine Activity Zones (PMAZ), Significant Maritime and Industrial Areas (SMIA), Recognized Ecological Complexes (REC) and the Arthur Kill Ecologically Sensitive Maritime and Industrial Area (ESMIA). Information on each is included in the shapefiles.

Note to Users:
These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining the Coastal Boundary at the tax lot level. Please refer to the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York. Please refer to the Coastal Boundary maps adopted in 1982.-->

Release............. 2016.1
Date of Data..... May 2016

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Single Line Street base map dataset

LION

  • LION: A single line street base map representing the city's streets and other linear geographic features such as shorelines, surface rail lines and boardwalks, along with feature names and address ranges for each addressable street segment.
  • Nodes: Points that represent the locations of any combination or intersection of linear features in LION. A node occurs wherever two or more linear features cross regardless of whether a physical intersections occurs at that point.
  • Node Street Name Table: The Table lists the Node Id and the Street names of segments that intersect at the node. Usually a node has more than one segment that converges at the node location, therefore a Node Id will have one to many street names associated with the node.
  • Alternate Names Table: Some streets may have multiple street names, valid for the full length or a portion of the street. The LION file accounts for most of these cases through the use of Street Codes and Local Group Codes (LGCs) which establish the valid names for each particular segment. The Alternate Names Table (altnames) is built using all the street names that correspond to the street code and lgc values.
The ESRI version is released as a File Geodatabase that can only be used with ArcGIS version 10.1 or higher. In addition to the data, the download includes several layer files for viewing the data.

 

Note to Users:
1. As of release 12C, the LION geodatabase no longer includes built-in Address Locator files for geocoding.
2. To symbolize Street Direction Arrows in ArcGIS 10x, Cartographic Representations can be used. Detailed steps are provided in the Read Me text file.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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Roadbed Pointer List (RPL)

The Roadbed Pointer List (RPL) is a file representing the relationships between generic and roadbed segments (or roadbed terminators – segments that represent the merging of divided roadbeds back into each other as a single roadbed or undivided street). Users can use the RPL to transfer data tied to Segment IDs of generic segments to the Segment IDs of the corresponding roadbeds (or vice versa). The file does not contain Generic IDs or Physical IDs, only Segment IDs.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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LION Differences File (LDF)

LION Differences File (LDF) is a sequential file containing records documenting certain types of changes that have occurred between a particular release of LION and the immediately previous LION release. A new LDF ‘edition’ is ‘published’ in conjunction with each new production release of LION.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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Administrative and Political Boundaries

Administrative and Political Districts

  • Political & Election Districts (with and without Water Area):
    - New York State Assembly Districts, U.S. Congressional Districts, New York State Senate Districts, New York City Municipal Court Districts, New York City Council Districts, New York City Election Districts
  • Borough & Community Districts:
    - Borough Boundaries (with and without Water Area), and Community Districts.
  • School, Fire, Health & Police:
    - School Districts, Fire Companies, Fire Battalions, Fire Divisions, Health Areas, Health Center Districts and Police Precincts.
  • 2010 and 2000 Census Tracts & Blocks: (with and without Water Area)

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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Geocoding Application

Geosupport Desktop Edition™

Geosupport Desktop EditionTM (GDE) is a geocoding package that allows for the standardization, validation and processing of geographic locations throughout New York City. GDE is available for Windows® and Linux. The Windows version is available in both a legacy 32-bit version (standard) as well as a 64-bit version.

Release............... 17A
Software Version...17.1
Date of Data........February 2017

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City Facilities

NYC City Owned and Leased Properties (COLP)

The City Owned and Leased Properties (COLP) datasets include a file geodatabase and a spreadsheet. COLP is a list of uses on city owned and leased properties that includes geographic information as well as the type of use, agency and other related information. The datasets are updated biennially.

Questions regarding this data can be directed to Kyle Daniels at kdaniels@dcas.nyc.gov

Release................ November 2016
Date of Data....... October 2016

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Facilities Database and Program Sites

The City Planning Facilities Database (FacDB) aggregates information about 35,000+ public and private facilities and program sites that are owned, operated, funded, licensed or certified by a City, State, or Federal agency in the City of New York. It captures facilities that generally help to shape quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods, including schools, day cares, parks, libraries, public safety services, youth programs, community centers, health clinics, workforce development programs, transitional housing, and solid waste and transportation infrastructure sites. To facilitate analysis and mapping, the data is available in coma-separated values (CSV) file format, ESRI Shapefile, and GeoJSon. The data is also complemented with a new interactive web map that enables users to easily filter the data for their needs. Users are strongly encouraged to read the database documentation, particularly with regard to analytical limitations.

Questions regarding the data can be directed to capital@planning.nyc.gov.

Release........... March 2017
Date of Data....... February 24, 2016

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Other City Planning datasets

NYCDCP Manhattan Bike Counts

The Transportation Division of the New York City Department of City Planning (NYCDCP) has performed annual bike counts in Manhattan since 1999. The counts have been conducted along designated bicycle routes at 10 on-street and 5 off-street locations during the fall season. These locations have remained generally consistent. The data collected includes cyclist/user volumes, helmet usage, use of bike lane, gender, etc. The bike counts data can offer insights into the overall trends in user demographics and travel patterns over time.

Release............. 2016
Date of Data..... 2005 - 2015

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Neighborhood Tabulation Areas

Geographic files of Neighborhood Tabulation Areas (NTAs) as created by the New York City Department of City Planning, using whole census tracts from the 2010 Census as building blocks. These aggregations of census tracts are subsets of New York City's 55 Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs). Primarily due to these constraints, NTA boundaries and their associated names may not definitively represent neighborhoods.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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PUMAs

The 2010 NYC Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) are statistical geographic areas defined for the dissemination of Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data. PUMAs have a minimum population of 100,000, are aggregated from census tracts, and approximate Community Districts (CDs), or combinations of CDs (There are 59 CDs and only 55 NYC PUMAs because of such combinations). This geography is also used for disseminating American Community Survey (ACS) estimates.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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Hurricane Evacuation Zones

Hurricane Evacuation Zones are determined by New York City Emergency Management and represent varying threat levels of coastal flooding resulting from storm surge. Hurricane evacuation zones should not be confused with flood insurance risk zones, which are designated by FEMA and available in the form of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

Note to Users:
For earlier versions see Hurricane Evacuation Zones releases on the BYTES of the BIG APPLE archive page.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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Atomic Polygons

Formerly known as a dynamic block, an Atomic Polygon is a minimal polygon formed by most LION file segments (exceptions include ‘paper street’ and ‘alley’ segments). ‘Minimal’ means the polygon is not subdivided by LION segments (other than the noted exceptions) into smaller polygons.  An Atomic Polygon can contain segments of various types in its interior: paper street segments (FEATURE TYPE = ‘5’), dead end segments (SEGMENT LOCATIONAL STATUS = ‘I’), ‘land-hooked’ segments (SEGMENT LOCATIONAL STATUS = ‘H’), and alley segments (FEATURE TYPE = ‘A’).  Atomic Polygon numbers are unique within 2010 Census tracts.

Note to Users:
For earlier versions see Atomic Polygon releases on the BYTES of the BIG APPLE archive page.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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Places (Formerly "Areas of Interest")

The New York City Places point file was created as a guide to New York City’s non-neighborhood place locations that appear in “New York: A City of Neighborhoods.” These place locations include parks, cemeteries, and airports. Best estimates of label centroids were established at a 1:1,000 scale, but are ideally viewed at a 1:50,000 scale.

Geographic files of areas of interest labels as depicted in New York: A City of Neighborhoods.

Release............. 2014.8
Date of Data..... August 2014

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Neighborhoods Names

The New York City Neighborhood Names point file was created as a guide to New York City’s neighborhoods that appear in “New York: A City of Neighborhoods.” Best estimates of label centroids were established at a 1:1,000 scale, but are ideally viewed at a 1:50,000 scale.

Geographic files of areas of interest labels as depicted in New York: A City of Neighborhoods.

Release............. 2014.8
Date of Data..... August 2014

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PAD™

The PAD (Property Address Directory) file contains additional geographic information at the tax lot level not found in the PLUTO files. This data includes alias addresses and Building Identification Numbers (BINs). It consists of two ASCII, comma delimited files: tax lot file and an address file.

Note to Users:
A new field (ZIP Code) has been added to the bobaadrx (Address) file. Please check your procedures to make sure this does not cause any problems. For earlier versions, see PAD releases on the BYTES of the BIG APPLE archive page.

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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SND™

The SND (Street Name Dictionary) file contains a set of geographic feature type names for New York City. Despite its name, the SND contains not only street names, but also a wide variety of other geographic feature names, including the names of tunnels, bridges, rail lines, shorelines, and geographic place names of various kinds. It is in ASCII fixed-field format with three different record layouts (see metadata for details).

Release............. 17A
Date of Data..... February 2017

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