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BYTES of the BIG APPLE™


BYTES of the BIG APPLE is a family of software, data and geographic base map files for the City of New York.

The Department of City Planning offers these data sets and application for
FREE Download
.
PLUTO and MapPLUTO
Zoning related datasets
Waterfront related datasets
Single Line Street base map dataset
Administrative and Political boundaries
Geocoding Application
Other City Planning datasets
PLUTO and MapPLUTO

PLUTO
Extensive land use and geographic data at the tax lot level in comma–separated values (CSV) file format. The PLUTO files contain more than seventy fields derived from data maintained by city agencies.
Release............. 14v1
Date of Data..... March 2014 - May 2014


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MapPLUTOTM

MapPLUTO merges PLUTO tax lot data with tax lot features from the Department of Finance’s Digital Tax Map (DTM), clipped to the shoreline. It contains extensive land use and geographic data at the tax lot level in ESRI ArcGIS shape format and dbase table format.


Release............. 14v1
Date of Data..... March 2014 - May 2014
 
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Note to Users:
The shape files are created in ArcGIS10.1 and the metadata within the shape files are ESRI-ISO format.  The detailed metadata within the shape files can be displayed properly in ArcGIS10.1 or Higher.

Disclaimer:
PLUTO and MapPLUTO are being provided by the Department of City Planning (DCP) on DCP’s website for informational purposes only. DCP does not warranty the completeness, accuracy, content, or fitness for any particular purpose or use of PLUTO and MapPLUTO, nor are any such warranties to be implied or inferred with respect to PLUTO and MapPLUTO as furnished on the website.

DCP and the City are not liable for any deficiencies in the completeness, accuracy, content, or fitness for any particular purpose or use of PLUTO and MapPLUTO, or applications utilizing PLUTO and MapPLUTO, provided by any third party.


Zoning related datasets

NYC Zoning Tax Lot Database
The Zoning Tax Lot Database is a comma–separated values (CSV) file format that contains up-to-date zoning by parcel. The Database includes the zoning designations and zoning map associated with a specific tax block and lot. The Database is updated on a monthly basis to reflect rezoning and corrections to the file.

The NYC Zoning Tax Lot Database will be updated on the last Monday of every month. Updates will include recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council.

Release.............. July 2014
Date of Data....... July 2014 (date of most recent City Council adoptions included in data: 6/25/14)
  Click for download View Metadata

There will be no August 2014 release of the monthly NYC Zoning Tax Lot Database. The zoning tax lot database currently available for download on the Bytes of the Big Apple page of the DCP website are unchanged. The date of the most recent City Council adoptions included in the data is 06/25/14.


NYC GIS Zoning Features
The GIS Zoning Features data set is provided as a free download in ESRI Shapefile and file geodatabase formats. These are industry-standard GIS data formats, compatible with most GIS and CAD software, and also viewable using free GIS viewers like ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer or Google Earth. This data set is continuous (seamless) city-wide and consists of 6 classes of zoning features: zoning districts, special purpose districts, special purpose district subdistricts, limited height districts, commercial overlay zones, and zoning map amendments.

While representative of the information contained in DCP’s printed zoning maps, this GIS data set is not intended to replace those maps, but to provide an additional source of zoning information for the general public’s use in digital mapping and analysis applications. The downloadable zoning data will be updated on the last Monday of every month. Updates will include recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council.

Release.............. August 2014
Date of Data....... August 2014 (date of most recent City Council adoptions included in data: 08/21/14)

  Click for download View Metadata

Note To Users:
1. Zoning data changes frequently! The downloadable zoning data will be updated on the last Monday of every month.  Updates will include recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council.
2. These features are not intended for determining zoning at the individual tax lot level.
3. The ESRI version is released as a File Geodatabase that can only be used with ArcGIS version 10.1 or higher.


FRESH Food Stores Zoning Boundaries
FRESH boundaries where zoning and discretionary tax incentives are available for the development, expansion and renovation of full line grocery stores and supermarkets. This is a geographic file created by the New York City Department of City Planning, showing eligible areas for the zoning incentives adopted May 11, 2009 and eligible areas for tax incentives through the NYC Industrial Development Agency.

For more information on the FRESH program and other incentives targeting grocery stores, please see www.nyc.gov/FRESH.

Release............. 2011.1
Date of Data..... May 2011
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Inclusionary Housing
The Inclusionary Housing Designated Areas Program was created in 2005 to encourage the creation and preservation of affordable housing in medium and high-density neighborhoods being rezoned to create new housing opportunities.  The program modifies the base floor area ratio (FAR) available for developments and offers a floor area bonus for developments that provide affordable housing either on-site or within the surrounding community.

Note to Users: These features are provided for reference only an are not intended for determining Inclusionary Housing Bonus eligibility at the tax lot level. Please refer to PDF Document Appendix F of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.

Release............. 2013.1
Date of Data..... April 2013
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Lower Density Growth Management Area
A Lower Density Growth Management Area is an area designated in the Zoning Resolution where new developments must provide more off-street parking, larger yards and more open space than would otherwise be required in the applicable zoning districts In Staten Island and Bronx Community District 10.

This downloadable data is the approximate area in these sections of the City where new development are required to comply to the rules and regulations of Lower Density Growth Management Area.

Note to Users: These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining whether new development must comply to rules and regulations at the tax lot level. Please refer to the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.

Release............. 2011.1
Date of Data..... September 2011
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Sidewalk Cafes
This feature class is a spatial representation of the Sidewalk Cafe regulations in the New York City Zoning Resolution, Chapter 1, Article 4.
The CafeType field indicates the types of Sidewalk Cafes that are permitted:
  • All Cafes (includes Enclosed, Unenclosed, and Small)
  • Unenclosed Only (includes Small)
  • Small Only
  • Not Permitted (for locations where the zoning would normally permit, but some other regulation prohibits.)
  • Lines are coincident with the Department Of Finance Tax Block edges. This dataset is maintained to reflect changes to mapped zoning districts or zoning text amendments as they are adopted by the City Council.

    Release.............. August 2014
    Date of Data....... August 2014 (date of most recent City Council adoptions included in data: 08/21/14)

      Click for download View Metadata
    Note To Users:
    1.The zoning districts affecting the allowed sidewalk café locations throughout the city change frequently! The Sidewalk Cafes GIS data will be updated on the last Monday of every month to include areas where recent zoning changes adopted by the City Council have changed allowed sidewalk café locations.
    2. These features only indicate areas where certain cafes types should or should not be allowed according to zoning regulations. The Department of Consumer Affairs approval is always required for sidewalk cafes.
    3. The ESRI version is released as a File Geodatabase that can only be used with ArcGIS version 10.1 or higher.

    Waterfront related datasets

    NYC Publicly Accessible Waterfront

    The Publicly Accessible Waterfront data components are provided as a free download. These components complement each other and may be used together.  However, to provide the most flexible access to the data each component may be downloaded separately. The two shapefiles were used to create the City Waterfront Interactive Maps.

    To read more about the individual data components click on the Download button.

    Release............. 2010.1
    Date of Data...... October 2010
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    Waterfront Access Plan
    A Waterfront Access Plan is a detailed framework set forth in the Zoning Resolution, that tailors waterfront bulk regulations and public access requirements to the specific conditions of a particular waterfront. Development of individual waterfront parcels governed by the plan triggers a requirement to build and maintain public access areas in accordance with the WAP. This downloadable data is the representation of all existing WAP areas.

    Note to Users: These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining WAP applicability at the tax lot level. Please refer to PDF Document Section 62-90 of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.

    Release............. 2011.1
    Date of Data..... September 2011
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    Coastal Boundary
    The Coastal Zone Boundary defines the geographic scope of New York City's Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP).  Pursuant to federal statute, the boundary encompasses all land and water of direct and significant impact on coastal waters. Federal lands and facilities are excluded from the coastal zone and consistency review in accordance with federal legislation. However, should the federal government dispose of any coastal property; it would be included in the coastal zone. 

    This downloadable data is the representation of New York City’s Coastal Boundary as defined by the WRP.

    Note to Users: These features are provided for reference only and are not intended for determining the Coastal Boundary at the tax lot level. Please refer to the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York. Please refer to the Coastal Boundary maps adopted in 1982.

    Release............. 2011.1
    Date of Data..... September 2011
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    Single Line Street base map dataset

    LION and LION Differences File (LDF)
    LION:
    • LION: A single line street base map representing the city's streets and other linear geographic features such as shorelines, surface rail lines and boardwalks, along with feature names and address ranges for each addressable street segment.

    • Nodes: Points that represent the locations of any combination or intersection of linear features in LION. A node occurs wherever two or more linear features cross regardless of whether a physical intersections occurs at that point.

    • Node Street Name Table: The Table lists the Node Id and the Street names of segments that intersect at the node.  Usually a node has more than one segment that converges at the node location, therefore a Node Id will have one to many street names associated with the node.

    • Alternate Names Table: Some streets may have multiple street  names, valid for the full length or a portion of the street.  The LION file accounts for most of these cases through the use of Street Codes and Local Group Codes (LGCs) which establish the valid names for each particular segment.  The Alternate Names Table (altnames) is built using all the street names that correspond to the street code and lgc values.
    The ESRI version is released as a File Geodatabase that can only be used with ArcGIS version 10.1 or higher. In addition to the data, the download includes several layer files for viewing the data.

    Note To Users:
    1. As of release 12C, the LION geodatabase no longer includes built-in Address Locator files for geocoding.
    2. To symbolize Street Direction Arrows in ArcGIS 10x, Cartographic Representations can be used. Detailed steps are provided in the Read Me text file.

    Release............. 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    LION Differences File (LDF) is a sequential file containing records documenting certain types of changes that have occurred between a particular release of LION and the immediately previous LION release.  A new LDF ‘edition’ is ‘published’ in conjunction with each new production release of LION. 

    Release............. 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    Administrative and Political Boundaries

    Administrative and Political Districts
    • Political & Election Districts (with and without Water Area):
      - New York State Assembly Districts, U.S. Congressional Districts, New York State   Senate Districts, New York City Municipal Court Districts, New York City Council   Districts, New York City Election Districts

    • Borough & Community Districts:
      - Borough Boundaries (with and without Water Area), and Community Districts.

    • School, Fire, Health & Police:
      - School Districts, Fire Companies, Fire Battalions, Fire Divisions, Health Areas, Health    Center Districts and Police Precincts.

    • 2010 and 2000 Census Tracts & Blocks: (with and without Water Area)

    Note To Users: The district file downloads for 2010 Census Tracts (both with and without Water Area) in Release 14C include the new Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) Eligibility status values (recently released by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development). Census tracts have a �CD Eligibility� status of �E� (for eligible) if at least 51.00% of the residents are low- and moderate-income persons (less than 80% of the Median Family Income), while all other tracts are considered ineligible with a status of �I.� �Eligible� tracts qualify for CDBG funding.

    Release............. 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    Geocoding Application

    Geosupport Desktop Edition
    Geosupport Desktop Edition

    a Windows® based geocoding package that allows for the standardization, validation and processing of geographic locations throughout New York City.


    Note To Users:
    An updated Release 14C (with revised software 14.3.1) is now available.  The revised software corrects a bug in how certain highway names are processed.

    Release 14C includes the new Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Eligibility status values for 2010 census tracts (recently released by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development). Census tracts have a �CD Eligibility� status of �Eligible� if at least 51.00% of the residents are low- and moderate-income persons (less than 80% of the Median Family Income), while all other tracts are considered �Ineligible.� �Eligible� tracts qualify for CDBG funding.


    Release.
    ............ 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    Other City Planning datasets

    Neighborhood Tabulation Areas

    Geographic files of Neighborhood Tabulation Areas (NTAs) as created by the New York City Department of City Planning, using whole census tracts from the 2010 Census as building blocks. These aggregations of census tracts are subsets of New York City's 55 Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs). Primarily due to these constraints, NTA boundaries and their associated names may not definitively represent neighborhoods.

    Release............. 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    Hurricane Evacuation Zones

    Hurricane Evacuation Zones are determined by the New York City Office of Emergency Management and represent varying threat levels of coastal flooding resulting from storm surge.  Hurricane evacuation zones should not be confused with flood insurance risk zones, which are designated by FEMA and available in the form of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

    Note To Users:: For earlier versions see Hurricane Evacuation Zones releases on the BYTES of the BIG APPLE archive page.

    Release............. 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    Places (Formerly "Areas of Interest")

    The New York City Places point file was created as a guide to New York City’s non-neighborhood place locations that appear in “New York: A City of Neighborhoods.” These place locations include parks, cemeteries, and airports. Best estimates of label centroids were established at a 1:1,000 scale, but are ideally viewed at a 1:50,000 scale.

    Geographic files of areas of interest labels as depicted in New York: A City of Neighborhoods.

    Release............. 2014.8
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    Neighborhoods Names

    The New York City Neighborhood Names point file was created as a guide to New York City’s neighborhoods that appear in “New York: A City of Neighborhoods.” Best estimates of label centroids were established at a 1:1,000 scale, but are ideally viewed at a 1:50,000 scale.

    Geographic files of neighborhood labels as depicted in New York: A City of Neighborhoods.

    Release............. 2014.8
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    PAD

    The PAD (Property Address Directory) file contains additional geographic information at the tax lot level not found in the PLUTO files.  This data includes alias addresses and Building Identification Numbers (BINs).  It consists of two ASCII, comma delimited files: a tax lot file and an address file.

    Note To Users: A new field (ZIP Code) has been added to the bobaadrx (Address) file.  Please check your procedures to make sure this does not cause any problems.  For earlier versions, see PAD releases on the BYTES of the BIG APPLE archive page.
    Release............. 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
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    SND

    The SND (Street Name Dictionary) file contains a set of geographic feature type names for New York City.  Despite its name, the SND contains not only street names, but also a wide variety of other geographic feature names, including the names of tunnels, bridges, rail lines, shorelines, and geographic place names of various kinds.   It is in ASCII fixed-field format with three different record layouts (see metadata for details).

    Release............. 14C
    Date of Data..... August 2014
    View User Guide
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    Selected Facilities and Program Sites
    Data providing the location, type and capacity of public and private community facilities in New York City, including schools, parks, libraries, public safety, day care, foster care, special needs housing, health and mental health facilities and programs. Additional data included to provide location of transportation and waste management facilities. To facilitate analysis and mapping, the data is geocoded and available as ASCII delimited text files, Microsoft Access database, ESRI ArcGIS File Geodatabase and Shapefile.

    Release........... 2013

    Note to Users:  The ESRI version is released as a File Geodatabase that can only be used with ArcGIS version 10.1 or higher.

    PDF Document Click here to view Date of Data

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    Notes:

    The data and geographic base map files can be imported into a variety of commercially available spreadsheet, database and/or geographic information systems (GIS) software for computer-generated map production and analysis. The City of New York does not provide such products to the public nor does it endorse or recommend specific products. Free GIS data viewers are available from both ESRI (Arc Explorer) and MapInfo (Pro Viewer).

    Disclaimer:
    The BYTES of the BIG APPLE software, data and geographic base map files being provided by the Department of City Planning (DCP) on DCP�s website for informational purposes only. DCP does not warranty the completeness, accuracy, content, or fitness for any particular purpose or use of BYTES of the BIG APPLE products, nor are any such warranties to be implied or inferred with respect to BYTES of the BIG APPLE products as furnished on the website. DCP and the City are not liable for any deficiencies in the completeness, accuracy, content, or fitness for any particular purpose or use of BYTES of the BIG APPLE products, or applications utilizing BYTES of the BIG APPLE products, provided by any third party.

     

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