For Immediate Release: April 12, 2018
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2017 Elevator Report Includes Elevator Stats, History, Inspections, & More

NEW YORK, NY – Today, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) published the agency’s 2017 Elevator Report – with data-driven maps and animated graphics showing the history, current status, and vital statistics of the city’s 84,000+ elevator devices.

Please click here to see the report. Highlights include:
  • An interactive map of all 84,000+ NYC elevator devices – including passenger and freight elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, roller coasters, and more;
  • A history of the elevator in NYC;
  • Stats on elevator use in the city;
  • A 3-D map illustrating NYC’s elevators in motion;
  • Details on how DOB regulates the city’s elevator stock; and
  • An introduction to DOB NOW, the agency’s new online information portal.
“Elevators make life possible in our vertical city – and while they’re one of our most-used forms of transportation, they’re also one of the least understood. Our report brings all 84,000 of the city’s elevators to life, with interactive maps, a history of the elevator, and much more. DOB is committed to using data to help New Yorkers better understand the built environment we call home,” said Buildings Commissioner Rick D. Chandler, P.E.

DOB’s report uses data from calendar year 2017 to give an overview of the city’s elevator stock – one of the largest and oldest in the world. It also details how the DOB’s Elevator Unit regulates the city’s elevators, escalators, amusement rides, and other devices by performing inspections, testing, and plan reviews.

The Elevator Report is the latest in a series of interactive dashboards from DOB’s Data Analytics Team – using the agency’s long-held data to provide the public with insights into the city’s built environment.


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