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City Launches Website Featuring Block-By-Block Data for NYC Neighborhoods

By Nikhita Venugopal | October 14, 2015 11:55am | Updated on October 14, 2015 1:59pm
 The city launched its new community website called neighborhoods.nyc on Wednesday.
The city launched its new community website called neighborhoods.nyc on Wednesday.
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NEW YORK CITY — The city wants you to get to know your neighborhood. 

Neighborhoods.nyc is a new community platform that provides New Yorkers with real-time updates on transit, traffic, restaurant grades, and other information that might be useful for local residents. 

The website, which launched Wednesday, is broken down into neighborhood pages that show a block-by-block map of the area with markers for each notice. 

It also tracks emergency notifications and alerts like water-main breaks, 311 complaints, event permits and quality-of-life concerns pulled from the city's OpenData portal

“Our Neighborhoods.nyc sites will connect New Yorkers to their neighborhoods in an entirely new and innovative way," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

The site is available in 13 languages.

Icons in the top-right corner of each neighborhood page provide quick details on the weather, garbage and recycling schedules, school closures and alternate-side parking.

There are also neighborhood-specific tools to search for local schools, parks, libraries, public officials and polling sites. 

A beta version of the site was up and running Wednesday morning, developed in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation and Vizalytics, a local tech startup.

Next year, the city is expected to launch individual neighborhood domains like CrownHeights.nyc and Astoria.nyc.

Vizalytics CEO Aileen Gemma Smith said the project's team worked hard to create a sustainable, easy-to-use resource that would benefit residents of all ages and backgrounds, without overwhelming users with too much information. 

"The goal of this project was to reach all New Yorkers," she said.

The site's developers are accepting feedback on the website, which they will continue to tweak in the coming weeks. 

Individuals or organizations can also apply for neighborhood domains and become site administrators. Visit this website for more information.