Ramadan Kareem, Chag Sameach and Happy Easter!

Spring is here, which means sunshine and flowers are reappearing (thunder and lightning too 😳) and... Open Data Week has come and gone. If you attended or organized one of the 87 events in March, we enjoyed reconnecting with you and seeing the NYC open data community grow. Thank you for being a part of the annual festival and enriching our community! 

We have more for you below, read on for civic tech news, resources, announcements and events. And if you have something to share for June, please contribute to our next newsletter

Have a great week!

— BetaNYC

Ps. It's National Bike month, one of our favorite months. Wave to us on the bridges!

Recent News

Queens Community Board Appointments

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. announced his 2022 class of Queens community board appointees in an effort to continue ensuring community boards are reflective of the districts they represent. BetaNYC is proud to partner with Borough President Richards on this work and looks forward to working with these new community leaders!  

Testimony for DoITT / OTI Budget Hearing FY 2023

Last month, Noel testified before the NYC Council’s Committee on Technology regarding DoITT, the recent creation of the Office of Technology and Innovation and our journey with service design and user experience throughout the pandemic. You can read his testimony here

Looking Back at the NYC Peoples’ Tech Assemblies 2021

Recently, we published a blog post looking back at our initiative the NYC People’s Assemblies and looking forward to the publication of the updated People’s Roadmap, originally released in 2013. Check out the blog post here, and be sure to sign up for updates on the People’s Roadmap here


What's up?

Here are some recent content picks from our team and community. Share yours in next month's newsletter here.

👀  Check it out

A simulation of a day in the life of Americans. This data was extracted from the 2014 American Time Use Survey, which asks thousands of people what they did during a 24-hour period.

ANHD published a report examining the 421-a tax exemption, which has subsidized luxury housing development for decades, and whether the governor's proposed replacement proposal (485-w) truly funds affordable housing.

Brandon​ Pachuca recently hosted a webinar on how to link together Python and Rhino 3d modeling to run daylighting simulations and spatial analytics using Pluto tax lots.

Marcel Dejean produced a series of data visualizations on median travel time on the BQE before and after the lane reduction this past August.

Samuel Stein and Debipriya Chatterjee look back at fifty years of the 421-a law and discuss recent proposals for unaffordable housing.

The Campaign Finance Board released interactive tools analyzing how voters used ranked choice voting in 2021-22

📰  Catch Up on Headlines

After 5-month delay, NYC health department adopts new federal rules on childhood lead exposure by Christopher Werth

Civic Engagement Commission to Launch Citywide Participatory Budgeting After Pandemic Delay

Cuomo Set Out to ‘Transform’ Mental Health Care for Kids. Now They Can’t Get Treatment. By Abigail Kramer

CUNY, College of Staten Island Mark 50 Years Since Exposure of Abuses at Willowbrook State School, Nation’s Largest Institution for People with Developmental Disabilities by CUNY

CUNY’s Newmark Journalism School Introduces Criminal Justice Reporting Initiative by Newmark J-School Staff

Lawsuit accuses NYPD of secretly building 'rogue' DNA database by Monique Beals

Largest-known NYC survey finds affordable housing, reducing homelessness seen as keys to public safety by Elizabeth Kim

The courts tossed new district maps. Now what? by Jeff Coltin and Rebecca C. Lewis

Three-Quarters of Licensed Drivers Used a Mobile Device While Driving, New Survey Finds by Julianne Cuba

What’s in or out of the 2022 state budget? By Rebecca C. Lewis and Zach Williams

When it’s not just politics: A Brooklyn race offers a warning over misinformation this election season by Brigid Bergin

Will NYC Bar Wells Fargo From Municipal Deposits After Alleged Discrimination Against Black Homeowners? By George Joseph

Will New York Form a Covid Response Review Commission? By Ethan Geringer-Sameth

📚 Read

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask

Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing by Sarah Brayne

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

Building Better Citizens: A New Civics Education for All by Holly Korbey

🎧  Listen

FAQ NYC - Episode 198: The Cave Cop Who Transformed New York City

The Black Codes - The Black Codes Podcast- Episode 4, Season 2

TechCongress - The TechCongress Podcast

The War on Cars - Pain at the Pump

TidyX - Episode 99: Sampling, Simulation, and Intro to Bayes - Basic Bayes



Upcoming Events

May 1-2  Eid ul Fitr Mubarak!

May 1-31 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 3 at 3pm Tech Talk: Natural Language Search for 2D and 3D Training Data

May 3 at 5:30pm May 2022 NY Tech Meetup

May 3 at 6pm The Basics of UX UI Design

May 4 at 10:30am Charting the Future of Big Tech Accountability

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 5 at 1pm Community-Driven Digital Public Goods: Learnings from a Decade of Partnerships

May 6 at 6pm NYPL TechTalk: Understanding NFTs

May 8 Mother’s Day

May 17-18 Code for America Summit

May 18 at 5pm Working with Large Datasets as a Data Scientist (with Python)

May 18 at 5:30pm Flatiron School: Data Science AMA | NYC

May 20 Bike to Work Day!

May 20 Improving Digital Spaces: Creating a Blueprint for a Better Tech Future

May 22 at 2pm Binary Calculations are Inadequate to Assess Us Workshop

May 30 Memorial Day

May 31 at 6pm Virtual - Tech in Twenty | The Anatomy of a Product Designer

Announcements and Opportunities

To contribute to our listings, be sure it is mission aligned and submit your announcement, job listing, opportunity or request here.

BetaNYC is hiring a Civic Innovation Lab Director. If you have any questions, please email

The New York City Council is seeking two Data Scientists.

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission is hiring a Digital Engagement Manager

The NYC Department of Transportation is seeking a Vision Zero Research Scientist

The CSI Tech Incubator is hiring for several roles, including a Marketing Manager.

YouTube is seeking a Program Manager for their Transparency Reporting team.

Code Climate has a ton of open roles, including a Software Engineer.

The Machine Learning team at Urbint is hiring for a few open roles, including a Data Scientist, Senior Data Scientist, Senior Machine Learning Engineer and Staff Data Scientist.

Cafe Maddy Cab, an initiative that pays for cab rides for Asian people who feel unsafe in the subway, is hiring for three positions.

The NYS DPS Broadband Survey is now available. Be sure to share your thoughts and contribute to providing a better picture of accessibility needs!

GISMO is in the process of determining interest for their mentorship program. Interested in being a mentor? Fill out their survey here. 

Data Stories has a limited edition of the Tuskegee Airmen US Map Shirt.

Civic Fact of the Month 


Above: Mayor Wagner signing the Landmarks Law, 1965; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project.

On April 19, 1965 Mayor Robert Wagner signed the landmarks bill into law, and created the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Landmarks bill was a response to the losses of historically significant buildings throughout New York City, including Pennsylvania Station. Learn more about former Mayor Robert Wagner, the events leading to the signage of this groundbreaking legislation and the actual bill itself! 

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