Every Building In Brooklyn, Mapped Out By Age (Co.Design)

Beautiful maps incorporating a simple color ramp to show patterns of construction in Brooklyn. As you might expect, areas closer to Manhattan and along the coasts tend to be older than residential areas sandwiched between major coasts and corridors. Consider these a map of the industrial revolution and subsequent decline, perhaps.

These encroaching developments get neatly color-coded in Thomas Rhiel’s visualization of every architectural footprint in Brooklyn, where the older (green) buildings are swarmed by more and more newly minted (dark red) ones. “The end of Wiliamsburg” and the gentrification of Brooklyn are subjects of much media hype. Rhiel and co-editor Raphael Pope-Sussman’s bi-monthly online news publication BKLYNR is an attempt to provide more grounded coverage of the borough.

Rhiel spent a few weeks collating the information necessary to color in the borough’s 320,000 building footprints. His primary sources were the Department of City Planning and NYCityMap, both of which list the year of construction for each lot. Swaths of yellow in central Brooklyn indicate that most of the area is a century old, while darker edges highlight the rapid rate at which new properties are going up.

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