Open Data Leaves Open Questions: Exploring Uber’s Impact on NYC Traffic Earlier this month, something new and exciting happened: the Taxi and Limousine Commission (T.L.C.) released data on every cab ride taken in the past year and a half. Besides …

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

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 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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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 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? 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 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 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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