Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021

I must have passed by this lamppost in Astor Place, right near the No. 6 subway station, a dozen times in the past couple of weeks. Today, I finally paused long enough to snap a cameraphone picture of the stylized heart graffiti on it (embiggened on Flickr).

The bright-red paint (or is it permanent marker?) against the grey concrete makes for great visual contrast. And the long trickle of blood drives the heartbreak/bleeding heart concept home.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/07/2021 10:44 PM
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Photography
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Jeff Sisson asks you — the crowdsourced version of you, with the randomized help of Google Street View“Is This A Bodega?”

Why? So that every hole-in-the-wall market in New York City can have its own homepage. Beyond that, this budding Bodega List offers potential for demographic datamining:

Firstly, each verified bodega is marked by a red dot on a Sisson’s map, which — when finished — will provide a fascinating visual representation of bodega density and distribution across the city. Will there be correlations with maps of diabetes and health outcomes, household income, demographics, land use patterns, or population density? How might bodega locations shift over time?…

Many New York City bodegas form a hub in their communities, adding services and stocking goods to respond to micro-local needs and preferences, while functioning as an informal, inter-generational meeting space — which means that the New York experienced through The Bodega List is a kind of curated view of the everyday, from across the very different lives of the city’s 8.3 million residents.

A data mash-up using publicly-accessible information, resulting in an enlightening trailing indicator of societal behavior. And, if nothing else, you’ll always know the shortest distance to the nearest overpriced can of malt liquor.

(Via Bobulate)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/07/2021 02:49 PM
Category: Food, Internet, New Yorkin', Society
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