Response to Mannahatta

The main attempt by Eric W. Sanderson and Marianne Brown in this project is to trace back the history of landscape in Manhattan by looking into the Britain Headquarters map made in 1782. The importance of this map is to show the transformations in the island’s landscape by comparing…

Pitch and Map (Rikers Island)

Today, Rikers Island has an average of 10,000 inmates per day. The first step of mayor de Blasio’s plan for closing the prison facility is to reduce the population by 56%, building and renovating other smaller facilities in each of the boroughs except Staten Island. Potential sites currently…

Observations on 128th st. NYPD Precinct (Rikers Island)

As part of the research on Rikers Island, today I visited the 128th Street NYPD precinct in Central Harlem. Our group understand that by observing other correctional facilities we can collect information about the criminal system in New York. The first interesting point about this building is its location in…

Stories Behind Cartography Techniques

Denis Cosgrove, in his book , presents two techniques of evaluating or reading maps: its final form and the mapping processes used. From both, we can extract useful information to critically read maps. In regards to mapping processes, he talks about the evolution of techniques and instruments in addition to sight…

Rikers Island

Riker's island is located within census tract 1 of the Bronx - in fact it is the only piece of land within that tract therefore all information about this tract pertains directly to the inmates at the facility. This bar graph is an analysis of the population of Riker's as…

Using Data for Storytelling

In the Miami Herald’s report “What went wrong” from 1992, data and maps are used to generate and introduce a problem: Why hurricane Andrew did not ravage all neighborhoods equally? An analysis of maps of damage and wind showed that newer houses did worse than older houses in terms…