Cultural Asset Mapping

FABnyc recognizes that the LES community is the size of many small U.S. cities, with a complexity and diversity to match.  This summer and fall, FABnyc put together a map of local cultural assets, listening to community-identified needs, meeting with local leaders, and developing pilot projects.  In the coming months, FABnyc will commission new public art projects and develop initiatives which strengthen exchanges between local cultural organizations and LES residents.

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We are excited to offer resources to those interested in learning more about the Lower East Side and NYC generally. Below are the mapping resources that we referenced to build ours as well as some other ones we admire:

Oasis NYC
Open Accessible Space Information System (OASIS) website provides the richest source of community maps for New York City — free and all in one place. It helps nonprofits, community groups, educators, students, public agencies, and local businesses develop a better understanding of their environment with interactive maps of open spaces, property information, transportation networks, and more.

Pratt Neighborhood Data Portal
Created in 2016, the Neighborhood Data Portal (NDP) is a free online application that integrates nearly three dozen vital data sets to break down New York City’s neighborhoods by the numbers. By democratizing access to essential planning tools like mapping and data analysis, the portal advances Pratt Center’s mission to support low-moderate income communities to plan for the future they want to see. Essential upgrades made to the platform in 2017 now give users, especially staff at community-based organizations, greater analytical control over the data they need to develop responsive, impactful programs and customize and share their work.

Social Explorer
We are a software company that is passionate about helping people understand the world through data. We combine technological innovation with data expertise to create innovative solutions for data visualization, mapping and geospatial data. Our products have been used by millions of people around the world to visually explore and transform data into meaningful information.

NYCommons helps New Yorkers impact decisions about public land and buildings in their neighborhoods. It is a collaboration between Common Cause/NY, the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, and 596 Acres, IncVibrant public spaces strengthen communities and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. They provide opportunities for learning, health and recreation, as well as connecting with friends and neighbors. But all too often, publicly owned spaces are sold or taken out of public control with very little meaningful public input. This website is part of a strategy for breaking this pattern and giving New York City residents a chance to have a say in the decisions that affect their communities. 

Living Lots NYC
This map shows public vacant land in New York. Living Lots NYC was built by the 596 Acres Team. It is based on best practices identified through a pilot project they built and used from August 21, 2011 to March 1, 2015. In that time, a combination of accessible information and committed facilitation led to the official transformation of 32 NYC vacant lots into community spaces.

Open Green Map
For all people ready to participate in creating a healthy, sustainable and just world, Green Map System offers a direct pathway to the significant ecological, cultural and civic resources near home through our locally published and interactive maps, our globally recognized icons and mapmaking tools, and communications network linking Mapmakers in more than 65 countries.

ANHD Displacement Alert Project Map
The Displacement Alert Project Map or “DAP Map” is a creation of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) with support from the Ford Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. The DAP Map is a building-by-building, web-based interactive map designed to show where residential tenants may be facing significant displacement pressures and where affordable apartments are most threatened across New York City. It is a publicly accessible, interactive data visualization of residential buildings and neighborhood conditions throughout New York City. The DAP Map is meant to be a strategic tool for tenant organizing and neighborhood and city-wide housing advocacy. ANHD created the DAP Map to provide community groups, local residents, elected officials, policymakers, and the public direct and real time access to vital information on New York’s rapidly changing residential environment.

NYCHA Manhattan Development Maps
NYCHA Development Maps display residential and non-residential structures with building and address numbers, as well as tax lot boundaries. They include information on the NYCHA building and stairhall numbers, NYC Department of Building Identification Numbers (BIN), tax block and lot numbers, and AMP (Asset Management Project) numbers, and any facilities located at each address number. The following maps are for the borough of Manhattan.

Map of NYCHA Developments
Locations of the public housing developments of the New York City Housing Authority as of July 2016.

List of New York City Housing Authority properties
A growing list of NYC Housing Authority properties from Wikipedia.

NYC School Finder
A search tool to find public schools in any of NYC’s five boroughs For 2017-2018 High School Admissions. The Lower East Side is home to 44 public schools (31 in Community School District 1 and 13 in CSD2) and 5 charter schools.

NYCDE 2017-18 Charter School Directory – English – Manhattan
A PDF of the NYCDE 2017-18 directory of Manhattan’s 6 school districts’ Charter Schools.

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America
Mapping Inequality updates the study of New Deal America, the federal government, housing, and inequality for the twenty-first century. It offers unprecedented online access to the national collection of “security maps” and area descriptions produced between 1935 and 1940 by one of the New Deal’s most important agencies, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation or HOLC (pronounced “holk”). Mapping Inequality introduces viewers to the records of the Home Owners Loan Corporation on a scale that is unprecedented. Visitors can browse over 150 interactive maps and roughly 5000 individual area descriptions to get a view of Depression-era America as developers, realtors, tax assessors, and surveyors saw it—a set of interlocking color-lines, racial groups, and environmental risks.

GVSHP Civil Rights & Social Justice Map
Few places in America have made more significant contributions to civil rights and social justice struggles for African-Americans, Women, Latinos, Immigrants, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people than the Village, East Village, and NoHo. Now more than ever, it’s important to remember and pay tribute to that history and to the lessons learned from it. So GVSHP kicked off 2017 by creating a new Civil Rights and Social Justice Map of the Village, East Village, and NoHo.

SolidarityNYC connects, supports, and promotes New York City’s solidarity economy. Flower We’re a collective of organizers and academics who promote, connect, and support New York City’s solidarity economy. Solidarity economy practices utilize values of justice, democracy, cooperation, and mutualism to meet community needs. Our collective renders these practices visible, through mapping and filmmaking, and brings the sectors of the solidarity economy into greater cooperation with each other for enhanced economic and political power through education, organizing, and research. Our vision is a vibrant and growing movement to provide greater economic security, improved health, and increased democracy for our communities.

Creating NYC: Map Your ArtLife
“Creating NYC: Map Your ArtLife”
is a data mapping project that seeks to collect open data through participation on artists based in New York City. Participate by mapping where you work, where you live, cultural institutions you are aware of, places where you engage in arts-related activities and spaces you feel foster arts and culture. Your input is invaluable in understanding the artist population in New York City. It is our hope that with a better understanding of this data, we can best analyze how to serve the artists that contribute so much to this cultural capital of the world. If you have any questions about the scope of this project, you may contact Jen Chantrtanapichate at Thank you for your participation!


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