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01.26.15 Prachi Gupta

Navigating the ever-expanding sprawl of New York, a city that’s home to 8.4 million people, can be nightmarish to tourists and natives alike. Ben Wellington, a professor at Pratt, has found a way to make some sense of the chaos that surrounds us by using open data. By mining the city’s data in his blog […]

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10.09.14 Marina Galperina

A penthouse at the top of 10 Gracie Square. Ben Wellington, the intrepid data quantifier/visualizer of I Quant NY, has merged publicly accessible information from the MTA Subway Station Entrance data set and city lot directory PLUTO to discover it. The building, located at the end of 84th street at the FDR Drive, is 0.8 miles away along the grid to the nearest […]

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10.01.14 Marina Galperina

You’re not crazy. Those combination fast food joints — like Taco Bell combination Pizza Hut and Papa John’s combination Subway — are grosser than their individual counterparts, and Ben Wellington of I Quant NY has the data to prove it. Though Wellington previously showed that the Department of Health’s grading system is flawed, here’s a pretty useful chart to help you gauge […]

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08.13.14 Marina Galperina

From the data enthusiast who brought you Brighton Beach’s penchant for massage therapy and the worst times for NY traffic (basically, all the times), here is I Quant NY‘s Ben Wellington preparing to try out a Citi Bike — in the safest way possible, utilizing the company’s system data and the city’s vehicle/bicycle collision information. I decided to crunch some numbers […]

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06.02.14 Andy Cush

Last month, the NYC data blogger Ben Wellington of I Quant NY discovered the most profitable fire hydrant in the city. Wellington analyzed data about parking tickets to find the spot, which sits on Forsyth between Rivington and Delancey on the Lower East Side. He also figured out why the hydrant is such a money-maker: confusingly, […]

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05.23.14 Andy Cush

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of Citi Bike’s launch in NYC. To celebrate, let’s take a look at what may be the system’s greatest workhorse. The always wonderful NYC data blog I Quant NY crunched Citi Bike’s publicly available data to find bike #17279, which blogger Ben Wellington is calling “the busiest Citi Bike in […]

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04.24.14 Andy Cush

The city’s most valuable fire hydrant is on Forsyth Street between Rivington and Delancey. Cops handed out 84 tickets to drivers who parked in front of the hydrant between August and December of last year, netting $9,660 in fines. Extrapolated out, that’s $25,000 a year. The data blogger Ben Wellington of I Quant NY, who […]

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04.17.14 Andy Cush

You’re in Manhattan and jonesing for a Venti Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino®. Quick, where’s the closest Starbucks? Chances are, it’s four blocks away or less. The data blogger Ben Wellington of I Quant NY plotted the location of every Starbucks on the island, then measured the distance between each Manhattan’s lots and the closest outpost of […]

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04.01.14 Andy Cush

The colorful map above charts every street in New York City by its “street suffix”: if it’s a street, it’s blue; if it’s an avenue, it’s red; if it’s a place, it’s green; if it’s a road, it’s teal, and so on. It reveals a few obvious and not-so-obvious truths about the city’s patchwork of pavement. Of […]

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