New York City’s Turbulent Past Comes To Life In Maps

Photos: Alex Welsh/WIRED This 1853 map belongs to a volume made by the New York City Common Council during the planning of Central Park. It shows a couple blocks in an area known at the time as Seneca Village, which was home to hundreds of people, mostly poor immigrants and free blacks. The city used eminent domain to relocate them and build the park. “This is the most detailed documentary evidence of the village that was there,” Knutzen said. Looking through these maps you can see churches, businesses, factories, and other multistory buildings. “It’s a functioning community that’s building on the grid,” Knutzen said. The residents would have been paying taxes and voting. “It counters the narrative that it was a just bunch of hogs and sheep, that it was a shanty town.” Photos: Alex Welsh/WIRED William Perris was the first publisher of fire insurance maps in New York City. These maps indicate building materials and other features used to assess buildings and set premiums for fire insurance. This one is from 1855. If you look closely, Knutzen says, you can learn more than just how flammable a given part of town was. “You can read a lot between the lines about social stuff,” Knutzen said. “You can infer something about who might be able to afford to live in these neighborhoods from what the buildings were made of.” The number of dots indicates the class of the materials: Buildings with just one dot are built with first class materials like brick or stone, and have a slate or metal roof, whereas three-dot, third class buildings are made of cheaper materials like wood frames and shingle roofs. Open dots indicate houses with stores on the first floor. Closed dots indicate buildings with no businesses — which might be a sign of a quieter, more residential neighborhood.

New York state a steal? Yep, in this key insurance category

New York, Superstorm Sandy, SBA

Yep, in this key insurance category Enlarge Bloomberg Despite last year’s Super Storm Sandy that left significant damage along New York’s coast line, residents are only seeing 1.1% increases in homeowner policy rates after they file their first claim. On Monday, we discussed why banking in New York City is actually more affordable than other areas of the country, thanks to a survey. But that’s not the only area where New York is a surprising bargain. Bankrate’s sister comapny, , released a study this morning that shows New York State residents with homeowner policies see only a 1.1% hike a on average–in their insurance rates after they make their first claim on said policy. That number is quite low. New York is only bested by Texas, which by law does not allow insurance providers to bolster rates at all after a policyas first filed claim. The national average for rate increases after an initial claim is filed is a 7.9% bump from New Yorkas stat at 9%. Despite a large number of New York residents who saw protected property damaged by last yearas Super Storm Sandy , the state has managed to stay far away from the rate increases of Minnesota, which leads the nation with 21.2% premium hikes on average after a single claim is filed. Residents of neighboring New Jersey sit right at the average with approximately 9% increases after an inaugural claim is filed . Because of states like that, senior insurance analyst at, Laura Adams urged U.S. residents to weigh their options before filing damages to covered properties with their provider. aHomeowners should think very carefully about whether or not to make a claim,a she said via a release. aLetas say you have a $1,000 deductible and the claim is going to lead to a 20% rate hike; itas probably not worth making a modest-sized claim.a Page 1

New York City Marathon bans hydration backpacks, strollers in security measures prompted by Boston Marathon bombings

Ann Romney jokes that one of her favorite recipes, a sandwich made with fluff, would be banned in New York by Mayor Bloomberg.

Related Stories New York Post sued for labeling two young men as Boston Marathon bombers This year’s New York City Marathon is going to be a drier run. Security prompted by the lethal Boston Marathon bombings led race officials to ban CamelBaks hydration backpacks filled with water or containers bigger than 1 liter. Some of the 48,000 runners expected after Hurricane Sandy washed out last years race were hardly in step with the crackdown. RELATED: HALF-MARATHONER ACCIDENTALLY WINS WHOLE MARATHON IN ONTARIO, CANADA Ive been training with my CamelBak all this time! runner Tami Mask wrote on Facebook in response to a rules notice posted Friday on the New York Road Runners Club page. Im screwed! Other banned items for the Nov. 3 event include strollers, vests with pockets and costumes covering the face or any nonformfitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body. The changes were instituted immediately after the April terrorist attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the Boston finish line. RELATED: CELEBS JOIN PAMELA ANDERSON IN RUNNING NYC MARATHON Strollers and costumes ‘covering the face,’ like the one seen here, are also banned from the New York City Marathon. Runner Lisa McGarry, prepping for her 11th New York City Marathon, called hydration packs lifesavers for those who need water but dont want to lug bottles in their hands. I opened (the New York Road Runners) email to see that I can carry water or tea in anything but a vest or a pack, she said. I know this is just one race in one city. And I can adapt and deal … but I had just solved my issue and now I need to come up with another, new solution just for New York. Joanna Prisco, making her city marathon debut, shared McGarrys pain but she took the new rules in stride. It stinks for some of my friends who are used to training with a CamelBak, and not allowing strollers may inconvenience my sister if she chooses to bring my niece and nephew that day, she said.