Live XYZ, Mastercard, The Met, and SONYC Join NYC Recovery Data Partnership to Inform Covid-19 Response and Recovery Efforts


NEW YORK (March 24, 2021) - The NYC Recovery Data Partnership (RDP), launched in July 2020, is a first-of-its-kind effort for organizations to share data with the City of New York free-of-charge to aid in Covid-19 response and recovery efforts. RDP launched with 11 community, non-profit, and private organizational partners. So far, data from these partners has been shared with over 40 analysts at agencies across the City.

Today, we are proud to announce four new partners that have joined the Recovery Data Partnership: Live XYZ, Mastercard, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Sounds of New York City (SONYC). More information about these organizations and the data they are providing to the City through the Recovery Data Partnership is below.

“Since the Recovery Data Partnership launched in July, analysts across the City have used RDP data to track week-to-week patterns in housing, mobility, and other major sectors to inform policy and operational decisions at their agencies. Through data on business openings and closures, spending patterns, visits to arts and culture destinations, and the acoustic landscape, our four new partners will help us understand how close we are to returning to New York City at its most vibrant.” said Martha Norrick, Recovery Data Partnership Co-Chair, Acting Chief Analytics Officer, and Director of the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics.

“The Recovery Data Partnership has provided a model for New York City and beyond for how to share data between sectors, while ensuring that data use is governed responsibly and transparent to the public,” said Jeff Thamkittikasem, Recovery Data Partnership Co-Chair and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. “Thank you to Live XYZ, Mastercard, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Sounds of New York for their partnership with the City.”

For more information about the Recovery Data Partnership, including full lists of partner organizations and approved agency use cases, visit our website at nyc.gov/recoverydata. If you still have questions about RDP, contact us at RecoveryData@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Live XYZ
Live XYZ is an NYC-based provider of storefront data and neighborhood maps. The Live XYZ team has performed over 1,000,000 ground survey verifications across all 5 boroughs of New York City. Every location is mapped in-person at the front door, photographed, classified, and continually updated with changes over time. Live XYZ’s data on the turnover, vacancy, and changes to businesses at each location in the City will be a new dynamic tool for the City to develop its understanding of the impact of the pandemic on retail businesses.

“Live XYZ is a proud partner of the City’s efforts to support the 150,000+ storefront and local businesses across NYC,” Jason Greenwald, founder of Live XYZ, remarked. “Local businesses invest in our neighborhoods, deliver essential services, and create the culture and community that makes New York City the greatest city in the world. Accurate data on every storefront across NYC will help drive recovery efforts and build a more data driven, resilient, and equitable future.”

Mastercard
Mastercard, a global technology company in the payments industry, is partnering with RDP to provide access to retail insights through their Mastercard Geographic Insights platform. Mastercard Geographic Insights will allow the City to understand spending patterns over time, categorized by industry and aggregated at the neighborhood level.

“For governments and businesses of all sizes, access to timely, data-driven insights is critical to decision-making—particularly in times of uncertainty,” said Raj Seshadri, president of data and services, Mastercard. “New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. By sharing economic insights with the NYC Recovery Data Partnership, we hope to power smarter decisions with better outcomes, expediting an inclusive recovery today and creating a better future for the City, its residents and businesses for the long term.”

Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) presents over 5,000 years of art for everyone to enjoy at two NYC locations, The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. The Met is providing RDP with aggregated statistics on museum attendance and membership activities, which will provide the City with an indicator of how New Yorkers and visitors have engaged with arts and culture venues in NYC since they have reopened.

“For our millions of local and international visitors, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through our exhibitions and events, revealing new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures,” said Baku Hosoe, Head of Data and Analytics at The Met. “The ability to better understand our visitors through data is key in order to drive recovery efforts as well as welcome new audiences for generations to come.”

SONYC
Sounds of New York City (SONYC), an initiative of New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), focuses on developing an acoustic sensor network for the monitoring, analysis, and mitigation of urban noise pollution. The Covid-19 pandemic has substantially altered the behavior patterns of New Yorkers, and one of the ways this change can be studied is through the level of noise throughout the City. To this end, SONYC is providing RDP with hourly decibel data from a set of 15 acoustic noise sensors that have been deployed across NYC since mid-2016.  

"The NYC soundscape is a rich source of information about all aspects of city life, from transportation patterns, construction, commercial and nightlife activity, to the presence of wildlife,” said Juan Pablo Bello, SONYC project lead. “By joining the RDP, we hope to contribute to the understanding of the unique conditions that we have experienced this past year, and to the city's ongoing recovery efforts.”