Single Field Search: The Missing Manual

In February we released a major enhancement to NYCityMap, the single field search.

With this new input field NYCityMap now supports more search types and formats than ever before. Some of them might not be obvious so we thought we’d provide you with this (no longer) missing manual.

The following types of locations are accepted by the single field search:

  • Borough/Block/Lot (BBL)
  • ZIP Code
  • Community District
  • City Council District
  • Borough
  • City
  • Neighborhood
  • Street between intersections
  • Intersection
  • Coordinate
  • Building
  • Place of Interest
  • Address
Before we begin to discuss each of these in detail, you should know that all search input is considered case-insensitive.  So whether you enter ‘CITY HALL’ or ‘city hall’ you will get the same result.

Borough/Block/Lot (BBL)

Each property in New York City is identified by a set of 3 numbers called the Borough, Block, and Lot (BBL). BBLs are used by many city agencies to identify real estate for taxes, zoning, construction, and other purposes.

The Borough number is always first:
1 = Manhattan
2 = Bronx
3 = Brooklyn
4 = Queens
5 = Staten Island

The Block number is second and can be up to 5 digits.

The Lot number is last and can be up to 4 digits.

An example, the BBL of City Hall is 1001220001.

When it comes to searching for a BBL in the new single field search, several formats are accepted:

  • 1001220001
  • MANHATTAN 122 1
  • MANHATTAN/122/1
  • MANHATTAN-122-1
  • 1 122 1
  • 1/122/1
  • 1-122-1
  • manhattan block:122 lot:1
If the BBL is not found, no alternates will be suggested.  For a BBL search you must get the numbers exactly correct.  If you are not sure what BBL you are looking for you can find the BBL of a property in the Building & Property Information panel on NYCityMap or by identifying the map at the desired location.

ZIP Code

There are two formats of ZIP Code that are accepted, the typical 5-digit ZIP or the extended ZIP+4 format.  Here are some examples:

  • 10007
  • 10007-1602
If the ZIP code is not found, no alternates will be suggested.  For a ZIP code search you must get the numbers exactly correct.  If you are not sure what ZIP code you are looking for, you can search for another location type, like address, and then turn on the ZIP Code layer from the “Show Additional Data on Map” menu.

Community District

There are 59 community districts in NYC.  You can search for them using several formats:

  • 101
  • Community District 101
  • 84 Queens
  • Community District: 3 Staten Island
  • 3 Staten Island
  • Staten Island 3
  • Bronx Community Board 12
  • Board 101
  • Board 1 Manhattan
  • Board Manhattan 1
If the district is not found, no alternates will be suggested.  For a Community District search you must get the input exactly correct.  If you are not sure what Community District you are looking for, you can search for another location type, like address, and then turn on the Community District layer from the “Show Additional Data on Map” menu.
Read more about Community Districts on the Department of City Planning website.

City Council District

The New York City Council is the law-making body of the City of New York.  It is comprised of 51 members from 51 different Council Districts throughout the five boroughs.  You can search for them using several formats:

  • 10
  • city council district 10
  • city council district: 10
If the district is not found, no alternates will be suggested.  For a City Council District search you must get the input exactly correct.  If you are not sure what City Council District you are looking for, you can search for another location type, like address, and then turn on the City Council District layer from the “Show Additional Data on Map” menu.

Borough

In order to see the boundary of a particular borough in NYCityMap, you can search by borough name.  Several abbreviated formats are accepted.  Here are the acceptable values by borough:

Manhattan

  • manhattan
  • MN
Bronx
  • bronx
  • the bronx
  • BX
Brooklyn
  • brooklyn
  • BK
  • BKLYN
Queens
  • queens
  • QN
Staten Island
  • Staten Island
  • SI
These borough formats can be used in several of the other search types, like address and intersection.

City

For 4 of the 5 boroughs, the borough is equivalent to the city (Manhattan = New York).  However Queens is made up of 44 different cities.  City is a searchable type in NYCityMap.  Here are some examples:

  • Flushing
  • Rego Park
  • Woodside
  • Astoria
  • East Elmhurst
If the city is not found, no alternates will be suggested.  For a city name search you must get the input exactly correct.  If you are not sure what city you are looking for, you might try searching by ZIP code instead.

Neighborhood

New York City’s neighborhoods are constantly changing and for that reason hard to pin down geographically.  But we know that we have many NYC visitors who use NYCityMap and may want to get a general idea of the vicinity of a neighborhood.  For that reason we have added a neighborhood search type.  Searching for a neighborhood name will take you to roughly the center of the requested neighborhood.  There are 296 neighborhoods available in NYCityMap, here are a few:

  • Battery Park
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • East Harlem
  • East Village
  • Highbridge
  • Riverdale

Street between intersections

If you want to search for a block you can do a street between intersections search, also known as a blockface.  This is a segment of a street bordered by two intersections.  Take the example shown in the image below, Broadway between Park Place and Barclay Street in Manhattan:

This blockface can be entered into the single field search in several formats:

  • Broadway between Park Place and Barclay Street, MN
  • Broadway between Park Place & Barclay Street, MN
  • Broadway bw Park Place and Barclay Street, Manhattan
  • Broadway b/w Park Place and Barclay Street, 10007
  • Broadway btwn Park Place and Barclay Street Manhattan
  • Broadway btwn. Park Place and Barclay Street MN
To extrapolate the format, you would get:
<On Street> <between> <Cross Street> <and> <Cross Street> <Borough>
The <between> can be specified as any of the following:
  • between
  • bw
  • b/w
  • btwn
  • btwn.
The <and> can be specified as any of the following:
  • and
  • &
  • &&
The <borough> can be specified in any of the formats listed under the Borough search description.  The borough can also be left out if you are unsure, the system will attempt to locate the blockface within each of the 5 boroughs.
If any of the street names were not understood, alternate suggestions for similar names will be made.  For example, if you entered “Brodway between Park Place and Barclay Street, MN” then “Broadway between Park Place and Barclay Street, MN” would be suggested.

Intersection

An intersection is the meeting of any two streets.  Like a blockface search several formats are accepted and they can be extrapolated as:

<Cross Street> <and> <Cross Street> <Borough>

The <and> can be specified as any of the following:
  • and
  • @
  • at
  • &
  • &&
The <borough> can be specified in any of the formats listed under the Borough search description.  The borough can also be left out if you are unsure, the system will attempt to locate the blockface within each of the 5 boroughs.
So if we were to search for Broadway and Park Place in Manhattan, any of the following formats would be acceptable:
  • Broadway and Park Place, Manhattan
  • Broadway @ Park Place, 10007
  • Broadway at Park Place, MN
  • Broadway & Park Place, New York
If any of the street names were not understood, alternate suggestions for similar names will be made.  For example, if you entered “Brodway and Park Place, MN” then “Broadway and Park Place, MN” would be suggested.

Coordinate

You can search for coordinates in latitude and longitude or NY State Plane.  As with other searches, several formats are accepted:

  • <x> <y>
  • <x> / <y>
  • <x>, <y>
  • x:<x> y:<y>
  • x=<x> y=<y>
  • <longitude> <latitude>
  • <longitude> / <latitude>
  • <longitude>, <latitude>
  • lon: <longitude> lat: <latitude>
  • lon=<longitude> lat=<latitude>
  • long: <longitude> lat: <latitude>
  • long=<longitude> lat=<latitude>
Here are some example coordinates:
  • 982574, 198961 (City Hall, Manhattan)
  • -73.9858 / 40.7485 (Empire State Building, Manhattan)
If your coordinates fall outside of New York City the search will result in an error.

Building

Buildings in NYC have a unique Building Identification Number (BIN).  This 7-digit number number is  assigned by the Department of City Planning.  Most users will not be familiar with the BIN number they are looking for, if you would like to find a BIN number you can use the Department of Buildings Buildings Information Search application, but most users will search by address instead.

For example, the BIN number for 52 Chambers Street in Manhattan is 1079146.

Place of Interest

Major sites within New York City can be searched as a place of interest without having to know the specific address.  Even including a borough on this search is optional.  Here are some examples:

  • Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • Empire State Building, MN
  • Yankee Stadium
  • Citi Field

Address

Last, but certainly not least, we have the address search.  For the address search there are too numerous formats accepted to list them all.  There are however only 3 components that your address search must include: house number, street, and borough.  Borough can be indicated by borough name, borough abbreviation, ZIP code, or city.  You may in some cases provide more information than this in your search input, and that is okay, but the extra info will be ignored.  Here are some examples, all of them result in the same address search for 52 Chambers Street in Manhattan.

  • 52 Chambers Street MN
  • 52 Chambers Street 10007
  • 52 Chambers Street Manhattan
  • 52 Chambers Street, New York
  • 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
  • 52 Chambers St, MN
As with places of interest and other searches, you do not have to include the borough, but it will make your searches more accurate.  If no borough is included we will attempt to find that house number and street in each of the 5 boroughs, any successful hits will be returned for you to choose from.
If  the street name is not recognized, alternate suggestions for similar names will be made.  For example, if you entered “52 Chabers Street, MN” then “52 Chambers Street, MN” would be suggested.
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