For Immediate Release: May 7, 2020
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The new beta map offers additional search and filter functions that will allow for a greater understanding and appreciation of New York City's historic buildings and neighborhoods.
NEW YORK – Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) released an enhanced beta version of the Discover NYC Landmarks map, an interactive map originally launched in 2016 that allows individuals to easily search and explore landmarks throughout the five boroughs. The Discover NYC Landmarks map is based on the largest and most comprehensive historic building data collection created by any municipal preservation agency in the United States. It includes building-by-building information on more than 37,300 buildings within 149 historic districts or designated individually. The new beta map offers additional search and filter functions that will allow for a greater understanding and appreciation of New York City's designated buildings and neighborhoods. LPC's applicants will also benefit by having easy access to compare historic buildings and visualize the results.
"Making our information more accessible and transparent to applicants and the public is essential to our success," said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll. "LPC's updated version of the Discover New York City Landmarks provides the public, our applicants and the preservation community enhanced information about our more than 37,000 designated buildings. We are releasing this map as part of our #LoveNYCLandmarks initiative so that every New Yorker can use it as a tool to learn more about New York City's built heritage."
The new map, which can be found at www.landmarks.nyc, is designed to be accessible from computers, smartphones, and tablets. The map now has improved search filters for historic buildings that allow users to search buildings by combinations of style, architect/builder and building type or era of construction, and the options of displaying the results as lists, hyperlinked to detailed profiles on each structure, as well as displayed visually on the map. For example, you can filter and display all of the neo-Grec style row houses in the Central Harlem West 130-132nd Street Historic District, search for every designated building designed by McKim, Meade & White or identify every designated Gothic Revival style church building in New York City. The map also now includes streetview images of buildings. Familiar features remain, such as a landmarks search function, landmarks near me, clickable designated sites, corresponding photos, and links to designation reports.
LPC created a video tutorial available on its YouTube channel here and will be offering a webinar on Thursday, May 14 at noon to go through all the new features of the beta map. To register, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vs2PhbayRduvRDqpnMq3WQ. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
As this map was released as a beta, meaning it may have some glitches and could be improved, LPC encourages users to provide feedback on how to improve its functionality and use as a public information tool. All feedback and comments should be submitted via firstname.lastname@example.org or the agency's data and mapping feedback portal. While the map continues to be in beta mode, LPC recommends continued use of the original Discover NYC Landmarks map available on our homepage at www.nyc.gov/landmarks for official purposes.
LPC's #LoveNYCLandmarks initiative was launched as part of the agency's COVID-19 response, to celebrate New York City, providing engaging online content about the historic buildings and neighborhoods that make New York a vibrant, beautiful and resilient city. Through the initiative LPC has shared articles, photos, story maps, neighborhood tours, and games and activities for kids and adults on social media in an effort to engage New Yorkers in a joyful discourse about the City's history and culture, foster civic pride and strengthen our connections to the places we love. More information and content is available at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/lpc/discover/love-nyc-landmarks.page.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is the mayoral agency responsible for protecting and preserving New York City's architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings and sites. Since its creation in 1965, LPC has granted landmark status to more than 37,000 buildings and sites, including 1,439 individual landmarks, 120 interior landmarks, 11 scenic landmarks, and 149 historic districts and extensions in all five boroughs. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/landmarks and connect with us via www.facebook.com/NYCLandmarks and www.twitter.com/nyclandmarks.