The NYC Green Heatmap: Visualizing New York's Farmers Markets, Street Trees, and Major Parks

January 25, 2015

You know those crisp New York mornings when you roll out of bed, take a stroll down your densely tree-lined block, stop in at the nearby farmers market for some farm-fresh goat cheese and a jug of locally made cider, and then lay out a blanket in the closest public park so you can pig out on all that free-range, organic goodness before letting a well-earned food coma -- and the sweet rhythms of public radio programming -- take you away to lullaby land?

Oh no?

Well, according to AddressReport's NYC Green Heatmap (posted below) -- which visualizes the density of sidewalk trees on each block of Manhattan, as well as the locations of Manhattan's farmers markets and major parks -- you could live in hobbit heaven on the regular if you got yourself an apartment in one of several green-blessed Manhattan neighborhoods.

The NYC Green Heatmap by AddressReport

NYC Green Heatmap - Manhattan Trees, Parks, and Farmers Markets

As illustrated by the areas of the heatmap highlighted in bright green (representing high concentrations street trees) and the icons depicting parks and farmers markets, the Manhattan neighborhoods for green lovers include Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side (especially around 81st and Columbus), the Upper East Side (especially around 86th and York), Alphabet City (really!), Union Square (extra bonus points for its awesome farmers market), slices of the West Village, and a handful of pockets in between.

And yes, before you ask, of course there's a Brooklyn Green Heatmap as well.


The Manhattan Food Delivery Heatmap: Where to Live in NYC If You Love to Order In

January 19, 2015

You know those days, Manhattan-ites, in the deep dead of winter, when there’ is just nothing worse than putting on your raggedy old winter hat, struggling into a big puffy coat, and heading out in search of dinner?

Well, winter lethargy is what food delivery was made for, and no one caters to its citizens' entitled craving for hot-food-on-demand like New York City -- and we've finally got the hard data to prove it!

If you're the kind of person who wants to maximize his or her pig-out to limb-movement ratio, don't even think about signing your next lease until you've plotted any prospective dwellings on the map below:

The Manhattan, NYC Food Delivery Heatmap by AddressReport

Manhattan Food Delivery Heatmap by Address Report

Based on an analysis of over 5,000 restaurants offering delivery on the island, AddressReport's Manhattan Food Delivery Heatmap provides a block-by-block visualization of the neighborhoods boasting the greatest selection of food delivery options.

Reading the Heatmap:

  • Red indicates areas with a tremendous selection of restaurants that deliver.
  • Green indicates areas with a decent variety of food delivery options.
  • Blue indicates areas where you’d better be good with braving the elements, because you live in a delivery-deprived hinterland (relatively speaking; I mean, it's still New York).
  • The knife and fork icons highlight the top-rated restaurants that deliver in Manhattan, according to reviews by fellow Manhattan denizens.

The Best Places to Live in Manhattan for Food Delivery

A combination of perennially hip and recently up- and-coming neighborhoods between Midtown and Downtown dominate the delivery scene in Manhattan. The top echelon of neighborhoods, as measured by the density of restaurants offering food delivery, are:

  1. Noho
  2. Union Square
  3. Greenwich Village / East Village (tied)
  4. Flatiron / Gramercy (tied)
  5. Koreatown

(Cue shock and awe from bankers & corporate lawyers wondering how Midtown didn't make the top of the rankings.)

Ranking Food Delivery in Other Cities

The AddressReport data team ran similar food delivery analyses for several neighborhoods. Here's a selection of the other areas we've mapped for food delivery options:

Other Recent Maps and Visualizations from AddressReport

Brooklyn Apartment Rental Prices Map

January 15, 2015

Following up on the map of Manhattan apartment rental prices, this week we present the Brooklyn Apartment Rental Price Heatmap (click for zoomable map):

Map of Current Median Rents for Brooklyn Rentals

Brooklyn Rental Apartment Prices Map - Winter 2014 Address Report

Reading the Brooklyn Rental Prices Heatmap:

  • Red indicates areas with the highest median rents (compared to Brooklyn overall)
  • Green indicates areas where renters can hope to find rental deals (#HiddenGems)
  • Blue indicates areas where rents fall in line with median rents for BK overall

(For you data lovers, we’ve supplemented the heatmap's color coding with the median rent figures for 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom vacancies by BK neighborhood.)

Based on approximately 5,000 Brooklyn apartment listings from the past 30 days, the map's color-coding reveals the most and least expensive individual blocks within the borough. As with Manhattan, the winter represents an optimum time to score a rental deal (well, as optimum as paying rent in NYC can get) given the ratio of inventory to renter demand tilts to the renter's advantage over property managers and landlords.

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Brooklyn Neighborhoods to Avoid if Cheap Rent is a Priority

No surprises here. The most expensive neighborhoods in BK have been three of the trendiest destinations in the borough for years:

Where to Find the Best Rental Deals in Brooklyn

  • Fort Greene: For those who wish they could live in Brooklyn Heights / Cobbile HIll, Fort Greene presents a strong value, plus better access to subways, the outdoor Brooklyn Flea and tons of parks.
  • Greenpoint: For those who wish they could live in Williamsburg, go one stop over to Greenpoint and you could save over 25% in rent on a two bedroom.
  • Windsor Terrace: For those of you who love Park Slope, go one neighborhood south and get the same charm -- plus you'll enjoy convenient access to Prospect Park!

Hidden Gems with for Rental Deals in Brooklyn

In addition to the neighborhoods that have the better deals in Fort Greene, Greenpoint and Windsor Terrace, tiny pockets of green on the Pricing Heatmap indicate that unexpected opportunities for rental deals await in Brooklyn Heights (along Atlantic Avenue), Cobble Hill (along the waterfront) and Boerum Hill (around 3rd avenue). But be prepared with your paperwork, deposit, and groveling skills ready to go, because these neighborhoods ordinarily run toward the more expensive end of the price spectrum.

The Best and Worst Values for Brooklyn 2-Bedroom Rentals

2BR apartments are typically considered a smart value play. Indeed, borough-wide, a two bedroom in Brooklyn should run you about 1.3x the cost of a one bedroom apartment in the same neighborhood.

However, our analysis reveals that two bedroom vs. one bedroom cost ratios vary widely by neighborhood.

Great Brooklyn Neighborhoods for Two Bedroom Apartments

On the cheap side, Bath Beach leads the pack, with its median 2BR listing offered at just 1.1x the median 1BR listing in the same neighborhood. (Of course, Bath Beach is one of the cheapest neighborhoods in Brooklyn outright as well.)

The really great news for renters seeking a two bedroom, however, is that Bushwick and Greenpoint -- the former one of the trendiest up-and-coming neighborhoods and the latter an established, popular area -- feature a median 2BR listing that's just 1.1x the cost of the median 1BR.

Pricey Brooklyn Neighborhoods for Two Bedroom Apartments

On the "low-value-for-2-bedrooms" side, Bay Ridge (still a very affordable neighborhood by absolute dollars) lists its median 2BR rental at 2.1x the rent of its median 1BR rental.

Super-hot Brooklyn Heights has a median 2BR apartment listing that's 1.4x that of the median 1BR.

Kensington, while approximately 1/2 as expensive as BK Heights in absolute dollar terms, has a similar 2BR : 1BR cost ratio of 1.4x : 1.0.

Manhattan Apartment Rental Price Map: Winter 2015 Edition

January 08, 2015

This time of year is known to the New York rental broker community as "the off-season" or "Chill-in-Miami-until-March-season." But for savvy (or just plain lucky) renters, winter can be primetime for rental deals, as the apartment supply-to-demand ratio tilts -- ever-so-slightly and ever-so-briefly -- in their favor.

Based on an analysis of over 10,000 apartment listings from the past 30 days, Addres’sReport's Manhattan Apartment Rental Price Heatmap reveals the pockets of near-sane rental prices to be found for renters fortunate enough to be moving in the first quarter of the year

Manhattan Apartment Rental Pricing Map

Reading the Rental Prices Heatmap:

  • Red indicates areas with nosebleed median rents (even compared to Manhattan overall)
  • Green indicates areas where New Yorkers can hope to find rental deals (#HiddenGems)
  • Blue indicates areas where rents fall in line with median rents for Manhttan overall (i.e., insane

(For more numbers-oriented readers, we've supplemented the pretty colors with median rent data for 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom vacancies by major neighborhood.)

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Where NOT to Look for an Apartment in Manhattan if You're Price Sensitive

Where to Find the Best Rental Deals in Manhattan

Unexpected Neighborhoods with Cheap Rents in Manhattan

In addition to the relatively inexpensive rents to be found in the LES, Chinatown, and UES, tiny pockets of green on the Pricing Heatmap indicate that unexpected opportunities for rental deals await in Soho, The Garment District, and Kips Bay. But be prepared to work to find the deals: these are all neighborhoods that typically fall on the higher end of the price spectrum.

The Best and Worst Values for Manhattan 2-Bedrooms

If you're looking for a 2 bedroom rental, there are some wrinkles to consider. Per the map, the median rent for a 2-bedroom unit in Manhattan comes in at about 1.4x the median rent of a 1-bedroom apartment in the same neighborhood.

In the East Village, Murray Hill (break out the beer pong!), and Morningside Heights, however, median 2BR rents come in at just 1.2x the median rent of 1BRs.

Meanwhile, in Union Square renters get comparatively less bang for their buck when living with a roomie than in other neighborhoods, as median rents for 2BRs run at 1.7x that of 1BRs. Tribeca isn't far behind, with median 2BR rents costing 1.6x that of 1BRs in the neighborhood.

Manhattan Political Party Map 2014

November 02, 2014


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