Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 002
Thursday, November 30, 2006

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONER COSGRAVE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NYCITYMAP ON NYC.gov

Several Features Offered for the First Time, Including Aerial Photo-View of City; Comprehensive, User-Friendly Tool Offers Information on Vast Array of City Services, Improving City Government's Accessibility

Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave and Assistant Commissioner for Citywide GIS Marsha Kaunitz today announced the launch of the NYCityMap, available on NYC.gov at www.nyc.gov/citymap.  While offering everything the current NYC Map Portal does, including links to building information and violations, election poll site locations and census data, the new NYCityMap application also provides several features not previously available elsewhere, such as City Council district and Community Board boundaries, restaurant inspection results, subway station entrances and exits, and an aerial photograph-view of the City.

"NYCityMap is sure to become a favorite tool of community boards, urban planners, residents and visitors alike.  I, for one, am already hooked," said Commissioner Cosgrave.  "Whether you're researching a project, working to improve the quality of life in your community, or planning a trip to New York, NYCityMap has something for everyone.  With a few clicks of a mouse, you can view the nearest WiFi hotspot, senior center, library, Green Market, and more-either individually or in tandem with other services for a holistic view of offerings.  Now more than ever, access to many of the services New York City has to offer, along with a picture of exactly where they're offered, is at your fingertips."

"Today's announcement represents a significant improvement on the NYC Map Portal we first launched in 2004," said Assistant Commissioner Kaunitz.  "We have added many new, easy-to-use features based on feedback from our users, including the ability to enter an address and 'show the nearest' selected points of interest, and the nearest subway stops.  NYCityMap represents our tireless commitment to improving our public offerings, and I invite New Yorkers to explore the features and information available on this new application."

NYCityMap may be used with or without entering a specific address, and lets the user pan over any selected area, and zoom in and out, with ease.  The application is viewable either as a traditional street map or an aerial photo.  Checking one or more boxes on the page's Map Legend panel will enable a number of layers to be added to the map, such as transportation information (subway lines, ferry terminals, and Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail and PATH stations), educational facilities and programs (colleges/universities, after-school and Head Start programs), resident services (hospitals, post offices, day care centers), and city life information (cultural centers, parks, and free and fee-based WiFi hotspots).

Dragging the mouse over any of the chosen icons on the map will provide the user with information specific to the amenity, including its exact address, website (where applicable), building information (owner, square footage, year built, land use data, police precinct, etc.), and the nearest subways, schools and hospitals.  Users may also mouse over specifically-entered addresses for information about elected officials, trash collection schedules, and more.

Finally, NYCityMap offers boundaries for all of the City's school districts, fire companies, police precincts, landmark and business improvement districts, among others, providing a robust tool for accessing information on a great many of the City's services.

New features are also planned for NYCityMap going forward, including the addition of bus routes and bicycle paths.

NYCityMap is another DoITT initiative enhancing the accessibility of City government, along with innovations such as the 311 Citizen Service Center, NYC TV, and ACCESS NYC.  DoITT works to transform the way the City interacts with its residents, businesses, visitors, and employees by leveraging technology to improve services and increase transparency, accountability, and accessibility across all agencies.

 

Matthew Kelly (Mayor’s Office) (212) 788-2958
Jay Damashek/Nicholas Sbordone (DoITT) (212) 788-6602