This series of maps speaks to population and housing trends in western Queens over the last two decades. The images of select datapoints are stark, even if expected. A brief methodological note is included below, or use the button below to go to the full write-up.
Brief Methods Note: In ArcMap, I merged census tract level TIGER Shapefiles of NYC’s 5 boroughs (2000 and 2010) to create two census tract level geographies for all of NYC. These were then joined – also in ArcMap – with tables of data produced by the US Census decennial survey (2000) and the American Community Survey (5 year estimates from 2017). Pairings of data for 2000 and 2017 were exported as images showing a particular data point (i.e. Gross Rent less than $1,000 per month). These images are stored on a private server and available for review and download here. Raw, cleaned and spatial (shapefiles and geoJSONs) are also available. Additional features were added to the maps to provide context. These include waterways, parks, NYCHA Housing campuses, subways lines, neighborhood names, the 59th Street Bridge and Sunnyside Yards.
These last two tables differ from the others. The data points in each set tell a collective narrative over time of change over time; not different points of change between 2000 and 2017.