What kind of data lives in cities? Beyond government, census, and financials, you’d be surprised to find that data lives in every corner. In fact, data can truly live: in our “concrete jungle,” we have a number of plantlife that tells its own story. New York’s trees are important — not just for our livelihood, but for our history. That’s why New York’s tree data is so important. In the past 20 years — in 1995, 2005, and 2015 — NYC has conducted three composite inventories of our city’s trees, improving NYC Park’s ability to manage our urban forest. With 20 years of data, we have plenty to explore and to experiment with. And we want you to join us.

On Saturday, June 4th, NYC Parks and BetaNYC will unveil NYC’s latest urban forest dataset, the most spatially accurate map of New York City’s street trees ever created. Join NYC Parks, TreesCount! partners, and tree care volunteers to learn about the urban forest and its impact on our daily lives.

We’re looking for the city’s civic technologist, data specialists, design experts, and other passionate New Yorkers to help translate our tree data into actionable insights.

Join us now: RSVP here

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Today, as part of National Military Appreciation Month, Microsoft hosted Pushups For Charity at the Microsoft Flagship Store in New York City. The challenge featured some hard core fitness gurus, including: Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny “Joey” Jones, Boot Campaign COO; J.W. Cortes, Marine veteran and actor on FOX TV’s “Gotham”; Steve Weatherford, Super Bowl Champion, 10-year NFL […]