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FREE PLUTO, a #BetaTalk on one of NYC's most valuable dataset.


We are not talking about the planetoidial mass at the end of the Solar System. We are talking about one of NYC's most valuable datasets. After years of advocacy, NYC's Department of City Planning has liberated the city's land use and geographic data at the tax lot level. (Read about it here.)

For this BetaTalk, Steven Romalewski (@SR_spatial), CUNY, and Jessie Braden (@JessieBraden), PRATT, two long standing NYC Civic Hackers/Mappers, will send us to the far reaches of the PLUTO data and show us the magic in the stars.

Download PLUTO, bring your laptop, and we will break up into small groups to explore PLUTO.

Additionally, we will have (Jacek Grebski and Marianne Bellotti) talking about their platform and how to access PLUTO programmatically / via an API.


* 6:30 PM - Doors Open 
7:00 PM - Event starts promptly
* 7:20 PM - Steven Romalewski, CUNY, and Jessie Braden, PRATT, tell the story of liberation and walk us though the PLUTO Data.
* 7:50 PM -'s API
* 8:00 PM - PLUTO Questions and Answers.
* Till 9:15ish - Hacking and small group discussion.

Next week, we will dedicate our #CivicHackNight to PLUTO.


NOTE: We will have some soda and light finger food on hand. Feel free to BYOB or dinner.

This night's #BetaTalk is graciously hosted by StreetEasy, New York City’s go-to source for the most accurate residential real estate information available. You can access their data via the StreetEasy API.

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  • Steve

    For everyone who had asked about historical versions of PLUTO, they are now amazingly enough available, free of charge, and license-free. Download here Blog post here Thanks to Jessie Braden for letting us know!

    4 · December 6, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    weird free zoning resource that is probably an old copy-past from an old zoning handbook from dcp

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Jessie B.

      Hey Danny, I looked again and I still can't find a full .pdf copy of the 2011 Zoning Resolution. That is crazy!

      August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree, it is crazy. Also, I think the Zoning Handbook is what you want. A full, free download of the Resolution itself is available online from the official website.

      I just got a PDF copy of the Handbook via FOIL request. It's about 90 MB (with all the helpful illustrations) so they put it on disc for me. The turnaround time was 4 business days. Unfortunately, the city's copyright claim prevents me from making full copies available, but I definitely recommend filing your own FOIL request with Wendy Niles, NYC Planning Records Access Officer, at [masked]

      August 15, 2013

  • Jessie B.

    Thank you all for listening to us ramble on for so long about MapPLUTO. Feel free to contact me with any follow-up questions. It was a blast to meet people working on such interesting projects. Thank you BetaNYC and StreetEasy!

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Joel N.

    Info-packed session! The low-down from the best PLUTO experts and a way to get the data programmatically. Stretching the planet analogy, the organizers pulled off a Curiosity style landing ;)
    Looking forward to exploring PLUTO and converting it to Open Knowledge!
    Onward Datanauts!

    4 · August 8, 2013

  • Joel N.

    When will the slides be posted online? Soooooo much information to go through!

    August 8, 2013

  • Sonya R.

    Thanks so much for an awesome breakdown of this data! Can't wait to dive in. :)

    August 8, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    A few questions I can recall for followup;

    1) Are older licensed versions of MapPluto now free from the license agreements?

    2) If so or not, will older versions be freed up by DCP (bytes of big apple) at some point?

    3) What's up with all that booze at StreetEasy - how do they get any work done?

    3 · August 8, 2013

  • Jeff F.

    Great, really valuable info on PLUTO. Very helpful in getting started.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • alyssa w.

    a rare, fascinating and in-depth review of an important NYC dataset. much appreciated.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Jonathan R.

    Excellent talk, very focused on that data set. This could not have been better timed. This event literally saved me hours of work getting up to speed.

    4 · August 7, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    3 · August 7, 2013

  • Nathan S.

    Can't make it tonight, but looking forward to the other PLUTO events.

    August 7, 2013

  • Theodore U.

    I'd like to present WayCount:

    August 5, 2013

  • fkh

    this land is our land.

    4 · July 26, 2013

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