Tuesday, August 10th

What a summer! We'll keep this introduction short and sweet because... we're busy! Some high level items...
  • We just just launched an initiative with NYC stakeholders to surface insight from New Yorkers about government's use of technology called the Peoples' Tech Assemblies. And we want you to participate.
  • Our Civic Innovation Lab is alive and kicking with our staff and apprentices serving up research and data assistance requests from community-based organizations and government offices. Don't be shy, let us know if you want data-help!
  • Today we're hosting an Open Data Class for NYC Council Staff. If you want to host one with us in your community, let us know by emailing
  • Like what we do? Support us!

Happy August, stay cool!

- Kate

Recent News

Introducing the Peoples’ Tech Assemblies!

The countdown is on! Help us gather input from New Yorkers on how our government can use data and technology to improve our neighborhoods and create opportunities for tomorrow. We're looking for participants and organizers to join us in tech assemblies as part of an initiative we recently launched with the New York City Office of the Public Advocate, The Office of the Manhattan Borough President, New America’s Public Interest Technology Team, CivStart and a collection of volunteer facilitators.

Sign up by clicking the button below to learn how you can participate in upcoming assemblies and/or to express interest in hosting one in your own community this Fall. Learn more here.

Click to sign up to participate!

We brought NYC Open Data to LIFE in the East Village at The City is Yours parade!

Remember this? Well it just got 10x better (the sun helped)! Visual artist, Jen Ray and data designer, Jason Forrest love NYC Open Data as much as we do and decided to make it more relatable through a parade and performance in the East Village. They shared interesting stats and niche historical anecdotes about the neighborhood and everyone got to carry these fun props around. Lots of bystanders gathered round in Tomkins Square Park to see what all the fuss was about. Woot! #OpenData engagement FTW!

If you want to be alerted about the FULL recap and view the artists' documentation AND if you want to attend the next one, sign up to receive updates from Jen and Jason here.

Mo' Money, Mo' Trees

Every wonder where the most shade is in the city? (With the impending heat wave, you might be now, if you weren't before!) The team at Streetsblog approached us to help them reveal how much tree cover New Yorkers get in their neighborhoods. To make the map, which is making its debut on Streetsblog, Zhi used tree cover data from the city and overlaid it with income data from the census. This map shows that communities with higher median incomes across the five boroughs typically have more trees on their blocks — and as a result, get more protection from the sun and more filtration of pollution. Read the article and explore the map here.

Explore the topic further:
  • Learn more about urban heat island effect in Transportation Alternative's NYC 25x25 Report.
  • To find a cooling center near you this week, visit or call @nyc311. However, know that in a survey conducted by the Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, staff and interns found that 1 in 4 'open' centers were actually closed, some lacked staffing, and most sites lacked clear signage with days/times of operation. NYC Emergency Management says the issues were being addressed. Fingers crossed.
Got a one-off data project you need help with? Click the button below to submit a RADAR to our team.
Click to submit a RADAR!

MORE NYC Open Data Week VIDEOS are up!

BetaNYC, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics and Data Through Design banded up with 120+ amazing organizers last March to produce a week-long festival of NYC Open Data events. You can view session recordings at < >, thanks to Joly MacFie and the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY).

You can also subscribe and watch them on our YouTube Channel

What's up?

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

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Closing the Data Gap: How Cities Are Delivering Better Results for Residents -  A Monitor Institute by Deloitte report, in collaboration with What Works Cities.

Curious about the City’s budget? Stay up to date with the Independent Budget Office of the City of New York’s via Text/Email, Twitter, and view Fiscal Year 2021 reports.

Courtesy of Allen Hillery: Earlier this year, the #DuBoisChallenge Twitter Campaign was launched to celebrate the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois. Check out this Tableau dashboard by Sekou Tyler to view the engagement the campaign achieved.

Check out these 1950 demographic maps from St. Paul and Chattanooga and learn more about how highway construction changed their landscapes.

The NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer announced the winners of the NYC[x] Tech & Innovation Awards. Congratulations to everyone!

Check out this report from LADOT regarding gender equity in transportation.

How the World’s Fastest Men Battled for Gold in 10 Seconds by the New York Times

For the latest local numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations, hospitalizations and more, check out THE CITY’s Coronavirus in New York City tracker.

📰 Recently in the news...

Biden Is Reviving An Effort To Change How The Census Asks About Race And Ethnicity

The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data is out, and with a ton of data issues! Read about nonresponse bias from “people with lower income, lower educational attainment, and who were less likely to own their home.”

These states cut unemployment aid early to supercharge hiring. It isn't working. By Aimee Picchi

CUNY Confronts Series of Challenges as University System Nears In-Person Reopening by Megan Kelly

The Bronx Has the Lowest Vaccine Rates In the City. Will New Mandates Help? By Claudia Irizarry Aponte

Judge Temporarily Freezes Plan to Truck Frigid Liquid Natural Gas to Brooklyn by Samantha Maldonado

Council Fast-Tracks Exceptions From Landmark Waste Equity Law, Enraging Queens Residents by Christine Chung

Advocates Find More Surprises in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Amendments by Kea Wilson

New York City Council considering legislation to lower class sizes by Sahalie Donaldson

Indigenous tribes taking the lead on legal weed by Rebecca C. Lewis

📚 Recommended reading...

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage by Sasha Issenberg 

All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King, Johnette Howard and Maryanne Vollers

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler by Rebecca Donner

Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology provides a powerful new blueprint for how governments and nonprofits can harness the power of digital technology to help solve the most serious problems of the twenty-first century by Tara Dawson McGuinness and Hana Schank

The Field Study Handbook by Jan Chipchase

Clojure for the Brave and True: Learn the Ultimate Language and Become a Better Programmer by Daniel Higginbotham

🎧  Listen on your commute...

Max Politics Episode 247: Women Poised To Take Majority In The Next New York City Council

City Limits Podcasts

What’s the [DATA] Point? $150 million is the amount of capital funding NYC has committed toward the creation of a Center for Climate Solutions on Governors Island.

Tech Policy Press The Sunday Show: Can social media depolarize society?

Talking Headways Podcast: The Heat is On

New York News Network “Conversations” Interview MBPO Gale Brewer


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Upcoming Events

Aug 14 from 7am to 1pm Summer Streets hosted by NYC DOT

Aug 17 at 12pm Adam Harris, The State Must Provide hosted by New America

Aug 17 at 1pm Education in New York hosted by City & State

Aug 19 4pm Back to School: The Voices of CS Teachers hosted by Kapor Center

Aug 23 Peoples' Tech Assemblies launch with BetaNYC and the NYC Office of the Public Advocate. Sign up for our newsletter for updates. 

Sep 14 at 1pm Virtual Rebuilding New York Summit hosted by City & State

Sep 15-16 Canadian Open Data Summit

Sep 16 at 6pm Art, Artists, and Conflict hosted by S.T.O.P.

Sep 18 at 12pm Peoples’ Tech Assemblies x National Day of Civic Hacking - Reimagining 911

Sep 28 at 12PM Immigration Matters: Movements, Visions, and Strategies for a Progressive Future hosted by New America

Sep 23-24 Unfinished Live - The Future is Decentralized

Sep 29 at 6pm Digital Sanctuary Cities: Surveillance, Immigration, and Protecting Black Dissent

Oct 13 at 6pm Building Surveillance: Three Chapters in US History

Oct 27 at 6pm Public Health, Vaccine Passports, & Surveillance

Nov 23-24 EU Open Data Days: DataViz 2021

Nov 23-24 EU Open Data Days: Datathon 

Announcements and Opportunities

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

Amplify has over 100 job openings posted.

FieldKit is seeking a Senior Software Engineer and other roles.

NYC’s Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity’s teams are are hiring! Check out ALL the teams and their openings here. Roles include: Data Curator and Scientist, Data Integration Developer , Deputy Design Director, Design Lead, Design Lead - Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline, Program Manager - Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline, UX/UI and Communications Designer, Product Manager, UX Content Strategist, Product Management Fellow, Advisor, Senior Advisor, Software Engineer, Software Engineer - Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline, Senior Research Associate.

NYC Planning is looking for a student interested in a credit-bearing internship as a Data Engineer. Pass it on to your CUNY friends! 

NYC Public Engagement Unit (PEU) is hiring for several positions, including a Data Analyst and an Outreach Specialist to help NYC renters with Emergency Rental Assistance. Veterans are encouraged to apply. Public Engagement Unit (PEU)

New York County District Attorney’s Office has an immediate opening for a Deputy Director of Analytics in its Strategic Planning and Policy Unit.

Open Referral is searching for a Data Wrangler and a Community Resource Directory Specialist. Be sure to DM them on Twitter at @Open_Referral for more information.

PitchPages is hiring multiple Developers.

The Redistricting Data Hub is seeking a Training Coordinator, Writing Fellow and Data Validation Fellow.

Revel is hiring a Data Engineer.

S.T.O.P. is looking for remote Nonprofit Development Interns.

WellSaid Labs is searching for a Mid Level Full Stack Engineer and a Senior ML DevOps Engineer

📣 Civic Design 2021 - Call for Presentations is due 11:59pm EDT Thursday, August 12.

📣 Applications are open for the 2021-2022 Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Leadership Academy. Participants will receive a $500 stipend. Apply by Aug 25.
Civic Fact of the Month 

Image Credit: PNGWing

We all know someone who receives Social Security, but did you know how the life-changing program came to be? On August 14, 1934 Congress passed the Social Security Act in the middle of the Great Depression, which proved to be vital in helping struggling Americans. The law not only provided guaranteed payment to those 65 and over, but it also started the unemployment program. Learn more about the events leading to the law’s passage and the impact on recipients nearly 87 years later.

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- BetaNYC 🗽
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