Being a SimCity player I’m always interested in checking out the data layer of maps in game and seeing how the traffic is flowing on my roads or where crimes are happening in my simulated creation.
Google Maps mashups are similar to data overlays in SimCity only mashups can be used for finding and mapping any real information that exists in the anywhere in the world. Even as it occurs in real time.
Here’s a collection of my favorite and most helpful Google Maps mashups for New York.
-New York Hotels Map
A handy little map of hotels in Manhattan from Trip Advisor.
-Real Estate Mashup Maps
housingmaps.com maps Craigslist housing listings on a map of New York. Listings are plotted on the map and allows you to easily and quickly find an apartment. Red placemarkers indicate the listing doesn’t have pictures.
Also, head over to mapskrieg.com for more New York real estate mashup maps. There are some listings for rentals but most of the listing are for roommates wanted or sublets if you’re looking to split rent with someone else.
New York Zip Code Mashup Map
This handy map lists all the zip codes in the five boroughs.
-Real Times News Map
Gothamist has produced a nifty map of breaking news around New York. Map plots news in real time.
New York on Tap is a site listing bars around New York City and their proximity to subway stations. Just be sure to check them out on Yelp before you go.
Dissident Design is a mashup site that has a growing map of restaurants in New York. Also, double check restaurants them with Yelp reviews.
New York is known for it’s great Pizza. Serious eats.com has created a New York Pizzeria mashup map with a separate map for each borough.
williamsburger.com has a map listing restaurants in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Place markers are color coded based on restaurant reviews.
NYC Bakeries and Sweets Map-
Looking for a sweet spot in New York? Look no further than yummybaguette.com. Find all the places in Manhattan to get sweet treats.
NYC Coffee Map
Find a good place to grab a cup of coffee with the New York coffee map.
NYC Farmer’s Market Map
The Union Square Farmer’s Market isn’t the only farmer’s market in the Big Apple. Find others with the New York Farmer’s Market Map.
Parking almost anywhere in New York is a driver’s nightmare. That’s why best parking.com has made a helpful map of places to park in New York.
Real Time Traffic Map of NYC
Google Traffic Maps has a great real time map of New York traffic conditions around the metro area. Be sure to check out traffic conditions from live traffic cams around the New York.
New York Subway Navigation Map
See how to get around on the New York Subway system to your destination this handy map from gypsymaps.com. Also, be sure to check out onlyonturf.com's nifty subway map.
Zip Car Map of New York
Locating a Zip Car rental in New York is much easier with zip cars.com's very own Zip Car mashup map of New York.
NYC Bike Path and Lane Map
Find bike paths in New York.
Fun and Entertainment-
NYC Movie Locations. Find out where scenes from your favorite New York based movie were filmed. http://www.newyorkinthemovies.com/index.php
NYC Celebrity Sighting Map
Head over to Gawker to see where the celebrity spots and sighting are.
Public Restroom Map of NYC
A great mashup map of public restrooms in New York.
Be sure to checkout everyblock.com. The site has all kinds of useful information listed by each neighborhood such as crime statistics, breaking news, restaurant inspection results, real estate listings and more.
More next time.