NYCityMap User Guide

Introduction

NYCityMap is New York City’s online map portal. The application provides a wealth of information including the locations of schools, day care centers, senior centers, libraries, hospitals, subways, and more, as well as links to Web sites for these facilities. This page is also a single access point to many of the numerous location-based applications on NYC.gov such as online property, building, statistics, and census information. The maps can be navigated either by entering a specific address or simply using zoom and scroll tools, similar to other online map applications.

Table of Contents

Navigating to NYCityMap

Searching for a Location

Advanced Search

Searching by Address

Searching by Place of Interest

Searching by Borough Block Lot

Searching by Intersection

Searching by Community District

Searching by City Council District

Searching by ZIP Code

Searching by Street between Intersections (blockface)

Searching by Coordinates

Searching by Building Identification Number (BIN)

Searching by Neighborhood Name

Additional Information

Find Nearest

The Map

Map Types

Advanced Tools

Zooming

Measuring Distances

Emailing the Current Map to a Friend

Exporting & Accessing Printer Friendly Format

Panning

Getting Information

Creating a Link to the Current Map

Show Additional Data on Map

Points of Interest

Municipal Boundaries

Metadata

Providing Feedback on Data Displayed on the Map

Viewing Other Online Mapping Applications

Following the NYCityMap Blog

Providing General Feedback & Accessing the User Guide

Troubleshooting Printing Issues

Browser/OS Support




Navigating to NYCityMap

NYCityMap can be accessed from numerous locations, including NYC.gov, the City’s official Internet portal. The direct address to the map is:

http://www.nyc.gov/citymap.

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Searching for a Location
The easiest way to begin using NYCityMap is by finding a user defined location. This can be easily accomplished in a single search field by typing a given location in one of a variety of different location types. The search field in NYCityMap supports the following formats: Address, Place of Interest, Borough Block Lot (BBL), Intersection, Community District, City Council District, ZIP Code, Street between Intersections (blockface), Coordinates, Building Identification Number (BIN) and Neighborhood Name. Simply type in the specific location you are looking for, click Search and NYCityMap will attempt to match that with the information on the map.

The benefit to using the single search field is that you can input as much information about a location that you know. For example, if you know the address and zip code, eg. 350 Fifth Avenue, 10001, you can enter that. If you do not know the zip code, you can enter just the address portion, eg. 350 Fifth Avenue, and NYCityMap will attempt to find an appropriate match.
Just click on the result that corresponds to the initial search and the map will be redrawn at that location.


Advanced Search

As an alternative to using the single search field, you can search for a specific location by using the “Advanced Search” module to the right of the map. Click “Advanced Search” to open the module. You can search by address, place of interest, borough block lot, intersection, Community District, City Council District, or ZIP code.

If you wish to do additional searches without erasing the results of previous ones, you can click the “>>” icon below the search fields to reveal the “Append Search to Map” check-box. Check off this box before doing a search and the results of that search will be shown on the map in addition to any searches you’ve done previously.

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Searching by Address

1) Select “Address” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Enter the building number in the “ADDRESS NUMBER.” field,

3) Enter the street name in the “STREET NAME” field,

4) Select the borough from the “BOROUGH” drop-down menu.

5) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on that address. The selected area will also be marked with a star icon.

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Searching by Place of Interest

1) Select “Place of Interest” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Enter the name of the place in the “PLACE NAME” field

3) Select the borough from the “BOROUGH” drop-down menu.

4) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on that place. The selected area will also be marked with a star icon. This feature allows you to search a wide variety of City landmarks and notable destinations.

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Searching by Borough Block Lot

1) Select “Borough Block Lot” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Select the borough from the “BOROUGH” drop-down menu.

3) Enter a block number in the “BLOCK” field,

4) Enter a tax lot number in the “LOT” fields,

5) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on that lot. The selected area will also be marked with a star icon. This feature allows you to search by a specific tax map block and lot, if you already have that information.

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Searching by Intersection

1) Select “Intersection” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Enter the first cross street in the “CROSS STREET ONE” field,

3) Enter the second cross street in the “CROSS STREET TWO” field,

4) Select the borough from the “BOROUGH” drop-down menu.

5) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on that intersection. The selected area will also be marked with a star icon.

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Searching by Community District

1) Select “Community District” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Select the district from the “COMMUNITY DISTRICT” drop-down menu.

3) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on the area represented by that Community District. The selected area will also be outlined.


Searching by City Council District

1) Select “City Council District” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Select the district number in the “CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT” drop-down menu.

3) Then click the “Search” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Find” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on the area represented by that City Council district. The selected area will also be outlined.

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Searching by ZIP Code

1) Select “ZIP Code” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Select the code from the “ZIP CODE” drop-down menu or type it into the field.

3) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on the area represented by that ZIP code. The selected area will also be outlined.

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Searching by Street between Intersections (blockface)

1) Select “Street Between Intersections” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Enter the street the location is on in the “ON STREET.” field,

3) Enter the first cross street name in the “CROSS STREET ONE” field,

4) Enter the second cross street name in the “CROSS STREET TWO” field,

5) Select the borough from the “BOROUGH” drop-down menu.

6) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on that blockface. The selected location will also be marked with a star icon.

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Searching by Coordinate

1) Select “Coordinate” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Enter the X Coordinate in the “X” field,

3) Enter the Y Coordinate in the “Y” field,

4) Select the coordinate system from the “COORDINATE TYPE” drop-down menu.

5) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on that coordinate pair. The selected location will also be marked with a star icon.

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Searching by Building Identification Number (BIN)

1) Select “BIN” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Enter the Building Information Number (BIN) in the “BIN” field.

3) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on the building assigned with the BIN entered. The selected building will also be outlined.

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Searching by Neighborhood Name

1) Select “Neighborhood” in the “SEARCH TYPE” drop-down menu.

2) Select the Neighborhood Name from the “Neighborhood” drop-down menu or type it into the field.

3) Then click the “Find” button in the lower-left of the module, or press the “Enter” key.

The map will automatically center and zoom in on the area represented by that neighborhood name.

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Additional Information

However you search, the map will automatically center and zoom in on that location. The selected area will also be marked with a star icon or highlighted/outlined. The location will show up to the right of the map within the “Searched Locations” area. You can get other information regarding the location you searched for by clicking the star icon on the map or the “Show Additional Information” link below the desired location in “Searched Locations” area.

The information will be displayed in four sections: “Find Nearest,” “Building & Property Information,” “Neighborhood Information,” and “Elected Official Information.” The “Additional Information” window will open with the “Find Nearest” detail section displayed. To open any of the other three sections, click on its corresponding section title. If the other section options are not displayed in the window, you may need to click in the window and scroll using your mouse or keypad to bring them into the window.

Find Nearest Information


Building & Property Information


Neighborhood Information

Elected Official Information

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Find Nearest

After searching, you can also choose one type of point of interest to be automatically displayed. in the “Find Nearest” section of the “Additional Information” module:

1) Select one of the points of interest

2) Choose the number to find from the drop-down menus

3) Then click “Find.”

When the map is redrawn, numbered arrows on the map will indicate the nearest instances of that type of point of interest, such as the closest subway stations or day care centers. When you hover over an instance in the additional information section it will be highlighted, as will the arrow on the map. More information on points of interest can be found in the “Points of Interest” section of this guide.

In addition, to finding the nearest number of points, NYCityMap allows for finding the nearest features based on a distance value. For example, NYCityMap can return the all the subway stations within a quarter (0.25) mile of an address. This functionality can be accessed by clicking ‘click to search by distance’.

1) Select one of the points of interest layers,

2) Chose the desired distance from the drop-down menu,

3) Chose the unit values from the drop-down menu

4) Then click “Find.”

When the map is redrawn, numbered arrows on the map will indicate the nearest instances of that type of point of interest.

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The Map

When you first access NYCityMap, you will see a high-level map of the entire City and surrounding area.

From here you can either enter an address or use the navigation icons in the upper-left corner of the map to zoom and pan the map. This section will discuss the icons and tools you can use to manipulate the map regardless of how you choose to proceed. At any time, you can return to the zoomed-out map of the full City by clicking the “Zoom Out to Full City View” icon in the upper-left corner of the map.

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Map Types

The maps on NYCityMap can be viewed in one of two ways. You can view either a street map or aerial photography of the area you choose. The aerial photography presented in NYCityMap includes images from 1924, 1951, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2010 and most recently, 2012. At any point in time, you can switch between the two types by clicking the “Map Type” menu button in the upper right corner of the map.

Once clicked, the button will display a menu with options for selecting imagery from the specified years or ‘Street Map’. The ‘Street Map’ option corresponds to the standard cartographic map view.

Map View (2010)

Aerial View (2008)

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Advanced Tools

Clicking on the ‘Advanced’ menu button near the top right of the map will reveal a menu of advanced map tools.

The first two, the zoom (magnifying glass) and measure (ruler) buttons, will zoom the map or take distance measurements on the map, respectively. This functionality is described below in the “Zooming” and “Measure” sections. The third is used to email someone a link to the map, as described below in the “Emailing the Current Map to a Friend” section. Lastly, there is a Save tool which will allow you to save the maps a PDF or graphic image. This is described below in the “Exporting & Accessing Printer Friendly Format” section.

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Zooming

There are several different ways to change the level of magnification. The first is via the “Zoom” tool. Click on the “Advanced Tools” menu button near the upper right corner of the map and select the ‘Zoom’ tool (the magnifying glass icon). On the map, the cursor will change to a small magnifying glass. You can then click anywhere on the map to zoom in one level of magnification and re-center the map on the spot you clicked. If you click and drag a box with the magnifying glass, you can select an area of the map that you wish to see, and it will zoom in to show that area.

You can also jump directly to a certain level of magnification by using the “Zoom” bar in the upper-left corner of the map. The white bar indicates the current level. Click on any other area of the bar to zoom to that level. The very right will zoom in all the way; the very left will zoom out all the way. If you move your mouse over the bar, you will also see some descriptions of the approximate zoom level you would get by clicking there, including “City View,” “Borough View,” “Neighborhood View,” “Block View,” and “Building View.” Finally, you can zoom in and out one level at a time, without re-centering the map, by clicking on the “Plus” (zoom in) and “Minus” (zoom out) buttons directly to the right and left of the “Zoom” bar. Scrolling your mouse wheel, if you have one, will also zoom in and out accordingly.

At any time, you can see the full City coverage map by clicking the “Zoom Out to Full City View” icon in the upper-left corner of the map.

Lastly, the mouse-wheel can be used to zoom in and out. Scroll out (away) to zoom in, and Scroll in to zoom out.

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Measuring Distances

You can measure distances on the map by using the ‘Measure’ tool. Click on the “Advanced Tools” menu button near the upper right corner of the map and select the ‘Measure’ tool (question mark ‘?’ over a line segment icon). You then select the units to be used for the measurements. On the map, the cursor will change to an arrow over a line segment. Then click anywhere on the map and a measuring line will start from that location. Move the cursor around to get the distance from that point. Clicking again will mark the first distance and then begin measuring from the new start point. Double click to stop measuring.

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Emailing the Current Map to a Friend

You can send an email to a friend containing the URL for the current map by clicking on the icon that looks like an envelope on the Advanced Tools menu.

Clicking the tool will open a new browser window with the following page displayed. Users must complete the required fields (marked with an asterisk *) then click “SEND”.

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Exporting & Accessing Printer Friendly Format

At any point in time, you can export a map and save it in various file formats by clicking on the “Save” tool on the ‘Advanced Tools’ menu. Select the desired file type, name the map, and click “Save.” Click “Cancel” to return to the map without saving.

You can also always use the browsers print functionality from the File menu to print a copy of the map.

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Panning

The map can be panned in all directions to cover the entire City. To pan the map, simply click (the cursor will change to a hand while you hold the mouse down) anywhere on the map and drag it in any direction. Once you release the mouse button, the map will shift in the way you just dragged it as if it were a paper map on a table.

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Getting Information

To get additional information or details about specific locations and/or features on the map, simply click on them using the mouse.

The pop-up can include the lot and block numbers, the lot’s owner, and physical dimensions, as well information on individual units, land use, and zoning from the Department of City Planning (DCP).

You can close the pop-up by clicking the small “Close” box in the upper right of the pop-up. Clicking the “Minimize” box will shrink the pop-up and move it to the bottom of the screen. You can expand it again at any time.

The identify callout also enables you to add a location to the search history (searched locations). This can be accomplished by clicking the link at the bottom of the identify call-out that says “Add to Searched Locations.”

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Creating a Link to the Current Map

You can create a link to the current map by clicking on the icon that looks like a chain (link).

Clicking the tool will open a dialog box containing a URL which can be copied and pasted to another document, such as an email message. The URL will then be a link back to the map as it currently appears in the browser.

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Show Additional Data on Map

In addition to information on specific addresses, NYCityMap can display the boundaries of various municipal boundaries in the City and information on many different points of interest.


Points of Interest

NYCityMap can show the locations of many different points of interest, in the areas of City Life, Education, Landmarks, Public Safety, Resident Services, Service Centers, and Transportation. You can use the map to find anything from a subway entrance to a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Points of interest can be located several different ways. If you have searched for a location, you can find a point of interest near that location by selecting something from the “Find Nearest” section in the “Searched Addresses” module.

At any time, you can view all examples of a certain type of point of interest that are located on the current map by using the “Show Additional Data on Map” menu to the right of the map.

1) Check off the boxes next to the points of interests you are interested in and they will appear on the map. You can check off as many as you would like to see at one time.

2) You can use the boxes in front of each category to expand or collapse the menu by category.

When the points of interest are on the map, they will appear as small icons identical to the icons on the menu.

Moving your cursor over one of the icons will reveal more details about that specific point of interest. You can also use the identification tool (accessed by clicking on the “i” icon) to get even more information about the point of interest.

NOTE: Certain points of interest require a minimum level of magnification to display properly. If the map is zoomed out too far, they will display as gray check-boxes on the menu and you will not be able to select them.

To view these layers, either use the zoom tools described above to zoom in until the boxes turn white. Or as an alternative, right click on the layer name in the Table of Contents and select “Zoom to <Layer_Name>”. The map will redraw at the highest zoom level the layer is available and turn the layer on.

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Municipal Boundaries

In addition to the Points of Interest, the Layers menu has Municipal Boundaries, such as ZIP codes, school districts, and police precincts. To see these, you need to select which boundaries you wish to view from the “Municipal Boundaries” menu. Click on the radio button next to the boundary you would like to see displayed. Because each one will cover the entire map, you can only have one set of boundaries displayed at any time. If you would like to see a different one, just click on a different radio button.

Section of Map Showing Community District Boundaries

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Metadata

For any layer under ‘Show Additional Data on Map’, abridged metadata can be viewed. Right click on the layer name and select ‘Display Metadata for …” This will vary depending on the layer which is right-clicked.

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Providing Feedback on Data Displayed on the Map

NYCityMap affords users the opportunity to provide feedback for specific data displayed on the map. This functionality can be accessed by clicking on the “Data feedback” module on the lower right of the map.

Data Feedback falls into one of three categories; Missing Data, New Data or Erroneous Data. New data is a request for a brand new layer (that does not currently exist under “Show Additional Data on Map”). Missing Data is for an existing layer that is missing a specific feature, while Erroneous data is for an existing layer with an existing feature that is somehow attributed or identified incorrectly.

Opening the module will begin a simple workflow to guide the user through the feedback process.

After selecting the type of feedback, click “Next”.

In the next step, indicate of the data existing in an existing layer, and again, click “Next.”.

If yes, select the layer from the list

If no, provide a description for the new layer and click “Next.”

In the following step, describe the location of the feature with an address, intersection or other description. For more precise locating, drag the (Red X) to the exact location on the map. Click “Next” when done locating the data.

Lastly, confirm your feedback and click
“Submit.”

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Viewing Other Online Mapping Applications

You can click the “Other Map Themes” link near the top right of the map to view a list of additional map based applications related to NYCityMap. Highlighting one of the entries will open the application in a new tab.

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Following the NYCityMap Blog

You can click the “Blog” link above the navigation arrows to send go directly to the NYCityMap blog at:http://nycitymap.wordpress.com/

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Providing General Feedback & Accessing the User Guide

You can click the “Feedback Form” link above the navigation arrows to send feedback regarding the map to NYC.gov. Next to that link is a “User Guide” link that will access this User Guide at any time.

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Troubleshooting Printing Issues

In order to print maps from the NYCityMap application, please verify that you have the Java 5 plug-in (or later). This is available for download from: http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp.

Then, please verify that Java is enabled through your Web browser using the following steps, depending on which browser you use:

Internet Explorer 7 and Up

Go to Tools > Internet Options

Select the Advanced tab, and scroll down to “Java
(Sun)”

Check the box next to the Java version

Next, select the Security tab, and select the “Custom Level” button

Scroll down to “Scripting of Java applets”

Make sure the “Enable” radio button is checked

Click OK to save your preferences

Firefox 0.8 and Up

Go to Tools > Options

Select the Content tab

Select Enable Java and Enable JavaScript

Click OK to save your preferences

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Browser/OS Support

Windows 7

IE 8

Chrome 8.0

Firefox 3.6.13

Safari 5.0

Windows Vista

IE 8

Safari 5.0

Firefox 3.6

Chrome 8.0

Windows XP

Internet Explorer 7 & 8

Firefox 3.6.12

Google 8.0

Safari 5.0

    Mac 10.6

  • Firefox 3.6.9
  • Safari 5.0
  • Chrome 6.0

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