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The Brooklyn Green Heatmap: Mapping BK's Farmers Markets, Street Trees, and Major Parks

July 01, 2014

Which neighborhoods in Brooklyn boast the greenest environs? Which BK residents get to bask in a leafy confluence of readily accessible public parks, tree-lined streets, and ever-so-awesome farmers' markets while so many others throughout the borough -- and NYC overall -- are trapped in block after block of concrete and asphalt?

To settle the question of the greeenest Brooklyn neighborhood, we present the AddressReport Brooklyn Green Heatmap -- visualizing Brooklyn's farmers' markets, blocks with the highest concentrations of tree-lined streets, and major parks in a heatmap-style graphic:

The Brooklyn Green Heatmap by AddressReport

Brooklyn Green Heatmap - Map of BK's Trees, Parks and Farmers Markets

Reading the Map

BK blocks with the greatest concentrations of street trees (not trees in parks, but trees actually lining the streets) are highlighted bright green, while areas with a medium concentration of street trees are tinted purple, and areas largely devoid of street trees are left clear. Farmers' markets are indicated by icons that read, well, "Farmers Market." And major public parks are indicated by the park name and a giant tree icon.

Brooklyn Loves Green Spaces

After we shared AddressReport's NYC Green Heatmap for Manhattan to analyze the location of farmers markets, major parks and tree-lined blocks in that crazy borough across the water (thank you, Real Deal, Village Voice, Ev Grieve, AG Beat & many others for spreading the word and for your awesome feedback!), the cry came up loud and clear:

"What about a map for Brooklyn?"

So, lesson learned: we promise Brooklyn will always get its fair share of our data maps going forward!

Mapping the Green in Brooklyn

Our Green Heatmap for Brooklyn is a map-based visualization of AddressReport's data on various Brooklyn blocks' proximity to farmers markets and major public parks. This data is sourced from a variety of opengov / opendata resources made available by various departments in the City of New York.