Re: [betaNYC] the center of NYC?

From: alyssa w.
Sent on: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:45 PM
Me too! Maybe we can do this as one of the hack nights? 

On Sep 19, 2013, at 9:41 AM, Erek Tinker <[address removed]> wrote:

I would love to see a map with the economic center of NYC.  

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Erek Tinker
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On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM, Liz <[address removed]> wrote:

Copying Moses Gates, demographer and urban explorer here. He led a walking tour to the geographic center of NYC a couple years ago -- I bet he has some thoughts on this!

On Sep 19,[masked]:37 AM, "Tom Lowenhaupt" <[address removed]> wrote:
I live near the 58th and Queens Boulevard site and will take a look today. But looking closely at the Google image, the plaque is not visible, i.e., those two manholes (is there a better generic term for those?) do not match the image of the center plaque.

Tom

On 9/18/2013 3:46 PM, Noel Hidalgo | CfA wrote:
Today, my friend who works for DOT stumbled upon the "center" of NYC… 

But this might not be the center of NYC… According to the NY Times, there are others

The Middles of the City 

Q. Where is the geographic center of New York? I did a Google search of the phrase and came up with claims to the title from Woodside, Long Island City, East Williamsburg and Shea Stadium. For that matter, where is the population center? The Mets' Web site claims that's Shea Stadium, too. 

A. There are two kinds of centers that demographers and city planners use. Imagine a flat plate in the shape of the city's boundaries, placed on a needle at the spot where the plate balances. That's the geographic center. Now pretend the plate is weightless but still flat and rigid. Put about eight million tiny equal weights on the plate representing where each resident lives, and find the point of balance again. That's the population center. Neither of them is Shea Stadium.

According to the Department of City Planning, the population center lies in Maspeth, Queens, near the intersection of Galasso Place and 48th Street, near Maspeth Creek. The geographic center is in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Stockholm Streetbetween Wyckoff Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue. MICHAEL POLLAK 

Who is correct?




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