This page is in-progress and will be updated throughout the semester. Have suggestions about something to add? Please contact your ITF, Alexis Carrozza.
How to use this page
Click on the different tab headings (“Handout,” “Open Access,” etc.) for links, descriptions, and handouts.
Brookyn College Library
This set of tabs link to the excellent resources provided by Brooklyn College Library including subject guides, a handout, and contact info for the New York City reference librarian, Beth Evans
NYC Subject Guides
Two excellent subject guides to get you started studying various topics related to New York City, prepared by reference librarian Beth Evans.
Here is an excellent handout about NYC Demographics research prepared by BC Library.
Online: Open access, Archives, Digital Tools
These resources include digital archives (great for primary sources!), a list of digital tools to make cool stuff, various online sources including newspapers, websites, blogs, and online archives. Specific tabs about the return (and demise) of Gothamist and DNAInfo have been added and updated.
What is an Instructional technology Fellow (ITF)?
An ITF coaches student ideas and visions into reality through tech tools like multimedia production, data analytics and more.
Put together a timeline, an annotated map, or photo narrative using these free sites. These digital tools often combine mapping with images, demographics with cartography, media with historical narrative. Click the links to see examples, demos, and how-tos!
If you want to learn more about any of these tools and/or how to incorporate the content or tools into your research, please make an appointment with your ITF, Alexis!
- Story Maps: Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.
- View an ITF project created using Story Maps for Seminar 1 : Patti Smith & Just Kids, a story map created by Alexis Carrozza
- Social Explorer: Provides easy, visual access to demographic and economic data using maps, reports, and data downloads.
- TimelineJS: Easy-to-make, beautiful timelines.
- History Pin: Historypin is a place for people to share photos and stories,
telling the histories of their local communities.
- Palladio: Visualize complex historical data with ease.
- Chronos Timeline: Chronos allows scholars and students to dynamically present historical data in a flexible online environment.
- New York Public Library: Map Warper: The NYPL Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning (“rectifying”) historical maps from the NYPL’s collections to match today’s precise maps.
- Twine: Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.
2/23/18: Gothamist Returns
In a deal largely funded by two anonymous donors, WNYC is acquiring the news site Gothamist, including its archives, domain name and social media assets. The move comes as part of a larger deal involving two other public radio stations and Gothamist’s network of local news sites. KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., will take over LAist, while WAMU in Washington will acquire DCist.
Read the rest of WNYC’s statement: “WNYC, Two Other Public Radio Stations Acquire Gothamist and Sister Sites”
Three months after being abruptly shut down by its billionaire owner, the New York City news site Gothamist has been bought by New York’s public radio station, WNYC, and will begin publishing again in the spring, WNYC officials said on Friday.
The acquisition, funded by anonymous donors for an undisclosed price, was part of a group deal that will integrate Gothamist’s satellite sites in Los Angeles and Washington with public radio stations in those cities.
But Gothamist’s sister New York news site DNAinfo, which had a more straight-news focus than the often irony-laced take of Gothamist, is not coming back, said the head of WNYC’s news division, Jim Schachter.
Gothamist & DNAInfo?
This course asks you to think about who has the power to shape New York and by what means and mechanisms that shaping the city’s spaces might occur. Related to that question is a matter of access to information or even the sources of information.
Recently two of the best local news sites, Gothamist and DNAInfo New York, were purchased by billionaires and closed when the employees agreed to unionize. New York has lost two very popular and essential sources of news about neighborhoods and boroughs as well as the city at large. You can read more about the closings of these sites here:
- NYT: “DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize” (Nov. 2, 2017)
- NPR: “Billionaire Owner Shuts Down DNAinfo, Gothamist Sites A Week After Workers Unionize” (Nov. 3, 2017)
- CityLab: City Lab: “Everyone Should Fear What Happened to the Gothamist Sites”
- New Yorker: “The Story Behind the Unjust Shutdown of Gothamist and DNAinfo” (Nov. 14, 2017)
Excellent sites to find primary sources for your research and/or learn more about pretty much anything!
Ubuweb – avant-garde digital archives, video, music, interviews, etc.
New York Historical Society Museum & Library – includes Research Guides, archives, library help
OpenCulture.com – “the best free cultural & educational media on the web”
A Twitter list is a curated group of Twitter accounts. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the accounts on that list.
Twitter List: Archives & Open Access – ITF-curated list of accounts dedicated to open access and digital archives available online. Click on the link to view which individuals and organizations make up the list and to read their latest tweets.
Twitter List: NYC Urbanism – ITF-curated list of Twitter accounts related to our seminar’s themes with tweets from urbanists, planners, city departments, and more.
Krystof Wodiczko (Polish, b. 1943), Public Projection At The Telephone Building Located Between Worth, Broadway, Thomas and Church Streets (AT&T Long Lines Building), New York, November 3, 1984.
Initially there was considerable speculation that the Reagan administration would either drop this case or settle it with relatively little damage to AT&T-much as the Eisenhower administration had settled an earlier suit that sought to break up AT&T. The “Reagan revolution” was not built on a platform of trustbusting. Several attempts were made to settle the AT&T suit, but each failed, including an attempt in 1981 by the Reagan Justice Department.