The New York Public Library’s Massive Online Data Dump

The New York Public Library has just released more than 180,000 photographs, postcards, maps and other items from its collection to the digital world. The information dump—spearheaded by the library’s in-house technology division, NYPL Labs—is an effort to see how the public can re-envision ways to use its trove of information. “We don’t just want to put stuff online and say, ‘Here it is,’ but …

Novels that Reference NYC Neighborhoods, Mapped

There’s no doubt that New York City has inspired more movies, novels and music than just about anywhere else—and now the New York Public Library has mapped out exactly which books have referenced NYC neighborhoods. Residents, visitors and anybody around the world can visit the online hub and scan through the streets of the Big Apple—scrolling past literary points of interest from American Psycho’s Wall …