Five Boroughs for the 21st Century – – Medium


The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island -- have existed in their present form since the consolidation of New York City in 1898. In the interim 119 years, the city has radically transformed; the individual boroughs are now inter-connected in ways that would have been unimaginable at the time of their formation. A vast network of bridges, tunnels and the largest rapid transit system in the world connect the populations, establishments, and institutions of each borough -- to say nothing of the connections enabled by the explosion of digital and mobile technologies. In this article we explore what happens when we abandon this century-old partitioning and remap the city to reflect the realities of New York City in 2017. Using data from dozens of different sources and techniques from a wide range of technologies and disciplines including computer vision, natural language processing, statistics, machine learning, network science, topology, architecture and urbanism, we constructed a new partitioning of the city that resonates with our contemporary moment -- 5 boroughs for the 21st century.

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