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Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division Reference Librarians
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   This research guide includes links to a wide variety of digital maps on the Internet describing the New York City metropolitan area, including parts of suburban NYC, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The links have been grouped into subject tabs relating to the state or municipality; NYC interactive map websites have been further sorted into the following subcategories: architecture & urban designcommunities & neighborhoodsthe environmenttransportation, as well as maps relating to political boundaries.

   We've included a bibliography of material relating to digital mapping, geographic information systems (GIS), and multimedia cartography available at NYPL for researchers wishing to understand how these interactive maps are created. We've also provided links to websites that provide open data and mapping software.    

   What is GIS? Visit, National, and Wikipedia for more details.

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NextLI screenshot


Explore L.I.'s housing, school district boundaries, government districts, service providers and more. Interact with the information to empower your ideas about what the future should look like here.

NYC Then and Now screenshot

NYC Then and Now

Aerial photos of NYC from 1924 to the present.

NJ Transparency Center Tax Parcel App screenshot

NJ Transparency Center Tax Parcel App

Search by county or municipality and view property information.

Connecticut Measured By 2020 American Community screenshot

Connecticut Measured by 2020 American Community Survey (ACS)

ACS is an ongoing survey administered by the US Census Bureau which provides information on people, economy, housing, and more. This interface maps some of the most in-demand variables for Connecticut towns.

Westchester Co. GIS Hub screenshot

Westchester Co. GIS Hub

These interactive map-based applications and story maps are built to help users access, explore, and interpret data with ease.

Data,gov screenshot increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. The site provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.

NYC Community District Pofiles screenshot

NYC Community District Pofiles

This is your gateway to data, maps, and other resources describing NYC's 59 community districts.

NYC Council Members and Districts screenshot

NYC Council Members and Districts

The 51 Council districts throughout the five boroughs are each represented by an elected Council Member

NYTimes - Surveying the Destruction Caused by Hurricane Sandy screenshot

NYTimes - Surveying the Destruction Caused by Hurricane Sandy

A survey of the flooding in NY & NJ after hurricane Sandy, October 30, 2012. - Historical NYC Transit Maps screenshoot - Historical NYC Transit Maps

A collection of NYC commuter rail, subway and bus maps from the 1880s to the present.

Street View of 1940s New York

Street View of 1940s New York

Between 1939 and 1941, the WPA collaborated with the NYC Tax Department to collect photographs of most buildings in the five boroughs of New York City.