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What is the purpose of these sites?  Why is the City of New York doing this?

When the City of New York launched the .nyc top-level domain, it reserved nearly 400 neighborhood names across the five boroughs.  By creating templated platforms for neighborhood.nyc domains, the City aims to help spur new online hubs for civic engagement, online organizing, economic development, and information-sharing.

What is the purpose of a template?

The purpose of the template is to share City data on a local, neighborhood level in a consistent manner across all neighborhoods in a clear, easy-to-use interface. The template consists of data-driven modules and look-up tools.

Who will operate these sites?

Whereas the City of New York will retain ownership of the neighborhood.nyc domains, local nonprofit organizations can apply to license and operate the domains. Licensing allows a community group to customize the template or embed the modules in a pre-existing site.

Who controls the content of the site?

The dynamic, data-driven modules pull information from the most-requested and most-utilized City-affiliated open data feeds. These feeds consist of information such as 311 Service Requests, Department of Transportation street closures, MTA delays, and emergency notifications, as well as polling place lookup finder, school lookup finder, and greenmarket lookup finder. When a community group secures a license to operate a specific neighborhood site, they will have the power to expand the content of these sites pursuant to a licensing agreement with the City of New York.

How can a neighborhood group apply to license and operate a neighborhood.nyc domain?

Any nonprofit or public interest corporation located in a particular neighborhood can apply for administrative rights to the neighborhood domain. The organization must complete a short application and file ten (10) affidavits of support from neighborhood organizations or businesses and/or twenty-five (25) affidavits of support from individuals, affirming their standing as a neighborhood partner.

How does the City determine who gets the domain license?

If an organization meets all of the criteria, securing the license should be straightforward.  The City encourages collaboration among neighborhood groups in cases where multiple organizations express interest in a domain.

Is there a cost to maintaining a neighborhood site?

No, there is no cost for a neighborhood domain.  However, there are associated costs, such as the cost of registering the domain, which is approximately $35 per year, and any platform hosting that an entity might want to select on its own.

How did the City determine all of the neighborhood names?

The City used Department of City Planning (DCP) designations to reserve specific neighborhood names.

How did the City determine neighborhood boundaries?

The boundaries of every neighborhood were determined by using the third-party mapping technology Pediacities, with the specific intent of focusing users on what is happening in and around their area, rather than with the intent of creating specific neighborhood boundaries.  These borders are wider than DCP designations.  Many of the modules on the sites are lookup tools that use address-based queries, so information is based on a specific address rather than the name of a neighborhood in any case.

Can residents add data or events to the map?

The neighborhood.nyc templates are data-driven and all information is pulled from open data feeds and official information hubs.  Residents can file 311 Service Requests and give feedback via the sites.

Will the final sites have more information or more functionality than the beta version?

These sites are evolving, and future versions of the sites depend on your feedback and interests.  Share your thoughts and let the City know what you would like to see in your neighborhood.

How do I add the feeds on this site into my blog?

You can embed some of the modules on this site directly into your own website. Just hover over the section you want, and if it’s available, this button will pop up: open embed icon . Click the button, and you will be asked for your email address and the URL of the website where you plan to use the embed code. You’ll get an email with a “verification key,” and at the same time the site will provide a pop up in which you can enter that verification key. Once you copy/paste the verification key into the popup on the site, you will get the embed code for the module that you requested.

You will have to do this for each of the three modules (Garbage/Schools/Alternate Side Parking Status, News Feed, Neighborhood Map). Your embed code will then only work on the website for which you registered.

How do I embed the map module? What is the MapQuest API key?

For the Neighborhood Map module, registration is slightly more complex. In addition to your registration code, you will need an API key from MapQuest. If you use any other mapping platform as a base layer, the location information may not be accurate. We chose MapQuest because there is a free option that will work for most users.

In order to get the API key, you need to sign up for a free MapQuest Developer account. After creating your account, MapQuest will give you a “Consumer Key.” Copy that and paste the consumer key into the form on neighborhoods.nyc where it asks for the MapQuest API Key, and you will be given the embed code for the map module.