Research Dots

by Don Friedman on May 14, 2017

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has created a nice tool: an interactive map of the city’s designated landmarks with information about the buildings and sites.

The distribution in the broadest view also gives, somewhat accidentally, some information about social history. The map of the Bronx above shows a lot of landmarks west of the Bronx River but very few to the east. This pattern coincides with the age of development; by the time that the east Bronx was heavily built up, after World War II, the pretensions of the borough to be the future of the city were gone, and the new construction was of lesser quality than in the older west.

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