New York City
New York City, New York, United States
|latitude: 40.7555, longitude: -73.9739|
|Browse map of New York City 40°45′19.80″ N, 73°58′26.04″ W|
|Use this template for your locality|
The NYC map looks great thanks to the contributors and community continuing to maintain core features like roads, buildings, points of interest and further flourishes with detail from park amenities to sidewalk accessibility. There's always something to add or update, and you're welcome to join us!
|Local user group|
|mailing list – archive|
There are few ways to connect to the OSM community in New York City. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
The Slack Channel #local-nyc (active)
The slack channel is a great place to connect on projects and share events. Very welcoming community.
The Mailing List
Sign up for the email list. While the list covers the whole state, messages are infrequent. Local events are shared here as well.
Previous mapping parties held by the meetup group. These are bulleted below for inspiration for future events
- April 2022 Meetup
- November 2021 Meetup
- Recent meetups since 2011, via the Meetup group (see above)
- Wiki-Conference NYC 2010 - OSM workshop / mini-mapping party at NYU, August 29, 2010
- 25 July 2009, at ReBar in Brooklyn, NY
- 24 May 2009, at Tete a Tete in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
- 23 May 2009, at Zanny's Cafe in Manhattan Valley
- 18-19 April 2009, at ReBar, DUMBO, 147 Front St., Brooklyn.
- 21-22 February 2009, at Five Guys
- 28-29 June 2008, at Green Map Systems
- 20-21 September 2008, at Green Map Systems
Coordinated Mapping Efforts for NYC
|Name of Task||Date Launched||Theme||Tasks Mapped (%)||Tasks Validated (%)||Status|
|MAPPING FOR IMPACT: MAPPING OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS IN NYC FOR RISING TIDE EFFECT||2022-05-25||swimming||27||10||Active|
|MAPPING MOBILITY IN NYC: MAPATHON OF SIDEWALKS AND CROSSINGS IN FLUSHING, QUEENS, NY||2020-10-31||mobility; pedestrian, disability||100||100||Done|
|NYC Sidewalks - Staten Island Community Board 1||2019-09-03||mobility; pedestrian, disability||48||0||Active|
|NYC Sidewalks - Brooklyn Community Board 13||2019-09-03||mobility; pedestrian, disability||32||0||Active|
|NYC Sidewalks - Manhattan Community Board 12||2019-09-03||mobility; pedestrian, disability||26||0||Active|
|Name of Challenge||Date Launched||Theme||Difficulty||NYC specific?||Status|
|Legacy of overt racism in the United States||2020-07-03||US history; heritage, racism||difficult||no||Stale|
|Memorials to human rights activists in the United States||2020-07-03||US history; heritage; civil rights||difficult||no||Stale|
|Long Island Traffic Lights (Brooklyn, Queens)||2017-09-11||traffic infra||easy||yes||Stale|
|Add missing NYC Bike Lanes||2016-11-14||bicycle infra||difficult||yes||Done|
|Name of Atlas||Borough||Theme|
|The Great, Socially Distant, Bike Parking Scavenger Hunt||Manhattan||bike infra|
|4x4 - Queensborough Community College||Queens||micro mapping, campus amenities|
|Kissena Park||Queens||micro mapping, campus amenities|
*There are plenty of projects in New York City not mentioned here. As an example, even though many of the buildings were imported in 2014 and 2015, new construction projects are coming online every year and even the most up-to-date imagery on the iD editor and JOSM show a ton of new coverage.
Initiatives and Imports
NYC Buildings Addresses import is pretty much complete. This dataset from the city, included building perimeter outlines, heights, and address point data. As of mid-2014 we are in final cleanup mode. Remaining tasks are captured on Github: https://github.com/osmlab/nycbuildings/issues/
Taking this data as a start for 3D mapping of New York, several users have been refining roof-shapes and building parts data. As a manual data input process, hence some of the 3D details seen e.g. here on osmbuildings.org
landuse=residentialtag is applied in inconsistent ways (this is true outside of NYC as well). Note: this landuse tag is visible on the default style but not many popular basemap layers like Mapbox Streets. Here are some simple tasks if you'd like to improve the map:
- Remove ways where the only tag is
landuse=residentialif it is not geographically meaningful, e.g. it simply outlines a residential block. See some here: https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/tBF
landuse=residentialis used on multi-building developments that make up a geographically coherent area, like Stuyvesant Town https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/170294693
operator=NYCHAfor public housing developments operated by the NYC Housing Authority. Example: https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/54367928#map=17/40.69751/-73.97942
Brandon is interested in this.
Other possible imports
Many interested parties are following the progress in NYC's open data movement and the datasets opening up at data.cityofnewyork.us. Some of these are Potential Datasources which could be investigated for import to OpenStreetMap.
- Bike lanes and roads cleanup in conjunction with DoITT, an agency within the City of New York.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is the New York City agency charged with administering the city's Landmarks Preservation Law. The Commission is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them once they're designated.