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A non-service-animal pet was present in a Park Slope food shop on Tuesday, a Chinese takeout spot in Red Hook has received a C grade, and a homeless encampment was reported on Gates Avenue in Bushwick, according to a comprehensive new tool that lists subway changes, rat problems and water leaks.

Created by the City of New York and Vizalytics Technology, neighborhoods.nyc is a public mapping of 311 complaints.

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Over on Pinterest we caught sight of this cool mapping site via Queens Mamas. Stamen makes it easy for anyone to create a map with different textures – Toner, Terrain, Watercolor, Burning Map, and Trees, Cabs & Crime (only available in SF right now). We decided to check out Queens (of course!) with the various options. First is Toner (“These high-contrast B+W (black and white) maps are featured in our Dotspotting project. They are perfect for data mashups and exploring river meanders and coastal zones.”):

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Image source: Property Shark – a view of the Vernon-Jackson area of LIC

We caught wind of this over on Brownstoner – “PropertyShark just extended its interactive business map to cover Brooklyn. The map previously covered Manhattan, and it will soon include Queens as well.” Well, we were curious and took a look and saw that they have started with their coverage of Queens, especially the western Queens neighborhoods of Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona.

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We’ve found another map we like, this one from the NYC EDC on coffee and tea in NYC (click to enlarge).

Image source: NYC EDC

As you can see, in Queens, the dark patches are in Ridgewood, Glendale, and JFK (there are plenty of spots to get coffee at the airport). Frankly, the Glendale part threw us a bit, since we don’t think of Glendale as having one of “the highest density of cafés per ZIP code.” That said, it shares a zip with Ridgewood, which has a more pronounced cafe culture (here are some of the cafes in Ridgewood/Glendale)

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Over the months, we’ve featured a number of maps on QueensNYC – what can we say, we think maps are pretty interesting, especially the interactive ones. Here’s a roundup of maps that have caught our eye – we hope you enjoy them a second time around!

1940s New York: See what your neighborhood used to be like with this interactive map

Using this interactive map, republished by the CUNY Graduate Center from a 1943 “NYC Market Analysis” newspaper feature, we can see snapshots of what life used to be like back in the day. The roads looked a lot calmer, with only a few cars and no lane markings; vertical store signs were abundant on commercial streets, too. The original population statistics and real estate information are viewable on the website as well.