You can enjoy your life more in NYC, be much, much better informed about how your City operates and start to ask many more interesting questions about why things turn out the way they do in NYC if you become a regular reader of IQuant New York. It’s a blog by a New Yorker Ben Wellington who does nasty things to data like scrape it and interrogate it. If you want to see him actaully talk about doing these fiendish things watch the video and then you will discover that those methods result in gems like the following:
-It’s a good idea to not ride your bike on the Lower East Side of Manhattan or if you do be very, very careful because it’s one of the places in NYC where you are most likely to have a bike accident.
-Never, ever swim in anything in NYC that has the words creek or canal in the name because the data shows that amount of fecal matter in every single one is dangerous and the worst one is Coney Island Creek.
-Do not park in the Upper East Side near a fire hydrant because data shows that area has the highest grossing fire hydrants, i.e. the ones that generate the most fines in the City.
Ben Wellington loves data, and lucky for us he likes NYC data the most and via a combination of data pals who help him do the scraping and interrogating, the NYC City Council which publishes all it’s data openly and his own fiendish application to the task, he puts out regular reports about how things happen in NYC and how it affects you. And he’s not airy fairy about it, it’s good practical knowledge you can use to improve your life. See his archive IQuant Archive and you’ll immediately pick up 6-8 bits of information that will help you improve your NYC life. Thank you Ben, we really appreciate what you’re doing.