In May 2018, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) launched its Permit Application Finder, an interactive web map that allows the public to see where LPC permits have been filed and issued, along with what the work entails. The LPC also enhanced its Permit Application Search, which now allows the public to search by community district and work type.
A press release issued by the LPC announcing the new map notes that these search tools are “part of the agency’s strategic plan to provide greater transparency and public access to the Commission’s work”. The LPC also recently introduced a Discover NYC Landmarks web map in 2016 (which was later enhanced in 2017); a website for the City’s archaeological collections in 2016; a database of LPC information on applications, public hearings and other matters in 2015; and an online library of over 1600 designation reports in 2014.
In August 2018, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) published a new, real-time interactive map of all major construction projects in the city, showing the almost 200 million square feet – over seven square miles – of buildings currently under construction in the City.
The map is the latest in a series of interactive dashboards, reports and data tools released by the DOB.
A press release issued by the DOB quotes Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E., saying that: “This real-time map puts the power of the DOB’s data in the hands of all New Yorkers - giving detailed information about construction on your block, your neighborhood, and across the city. The public owns this data, and we are committed to putting it to work for all New Yorkers.”
The map shows active permits issued by the DOB for new buildings, as well as alteration projects involving the enlargement of an existing building. It automatically updates in real-time as new permits are issued and existing permits expire. The public can sort, search and view permit data by building type (commercial, residential, etc.); the proposed number of dwelling units; square footage; estimated cost; community board boundaries; and general contractors for the project. It also provides snapshots of the largest development projects going up around the city, enabling the public to track which general contractors have the most square feet under construction.
Visit the DOB’s Data & Reporting page here.
Photo 1: The Landmarks Preservation Commission introduced the 'Permit Application Finder' map in 2018, allowing the public to see where LPC permits have been filed and issued, along with what the work entails.
Photo 2: The DOB’s interactive map of construction projects shows almost 200M square feet – close to seven square miles – of buildings currently under construction in the City.