Tag: Ben Wellington

Using Open Data, a Scientist Is Finding New York City’s Best Stories

As the creator of popular NYC blog I Quant NY, Ben Wellington has a knack for turning data scrapes into civic action.

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New York City, Open Data Challenges

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows

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NYPD Slowdown Most Pronounced in Precinct of Eric Garner’s Death

NYPD Slowdown Most Pronounced in Precinct of Eric Garner’s Death It has been about five months since the well-publicized police slowdown in NYC, where our officers heavily scaled back police enforcement.  They reportedly did so to protest a lack of support from

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Mapping the United States of NYC Parking Tickets

Mapping the United States of NYC Parking Tickets If you follow this blog, you know I can’t get enough parking ticket analysis.  One of my favorite posts tracked out-of-state drivers around the city using tickets, and found, for example, that

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How to Fix NYC’s No-Cabs-At-4PM Problem

How to Fix NYC’s No-Cabs-At-4PM Problem It’s an age-old NYC problem. It’s some time after 4PM and you step out to look for a cab. You giggle as you watch a tourist repeatedly try and hail cabs with the off-duty

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Safe Hallways, Successful Tests

Safe Hallways, Successful Tests Every year, New York City public schools conduct an in-depth survey of their parents, students and teachers. According to the Department of Education, the survey, one of the largest of any kind in the nation, “helps

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Measles Reporting and The Dangers of Semi-Open Data

Measles Reporting and The Dangers of Semi-Open Data If you read local news, you might see headlines like: “Private schools putting NYC at risk for measles outbreak” in The New York Post,  “Immune to Logic: Some New York City Private Schools

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Does Gentrification Cause a Reduction in Laundromats?

Does Gentrification Cause a Reduction in Laundromats? Browsing Twitter this evening, a tweet from the illustrious Brian Lehrer caught my eye: Help us check this theory before tomorrow’s show: is gentrification forcing laundromats out of business? https://t.co/bubx9wEu5d — Brian Lehrer Show

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Life Hack: As Blizzard Hits the City, Just Park on the Left

Life Hack: As Blizzard Hits the City, Just Park on the Left The Snow is coming!  The Snow is coming!   If you are a driver in NYC that parks on the street, you have probably dug out your car

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Mapping New York’s Noisiest Neighborhoods

Mapping New York’s Noisiest Neighborhoods In New York, there are two kinds of noise: the sounds of the city (car horns, loud neighbors, construction equipment, barking dogs) and the sound of New Yorkers complaining about it. In 2007, the city

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