Brownstoner: Get Ready to Get Lost in Time: Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles. “In a move sure to get history-loving hearts racing, Brooklyn Collection at Brooklyn Public Library is making more than 40 borough-specific newspapers available for online hunting.” I’m putting this in “Around” instead of “New Resources” because currently they can only be accessed from a library.
AM New York: How the NYPD keeps tabs on cops . “The NYPD is expanding an extensive electronic database to keep tabs on its officers, giving the department real time feedback about how cops are performing. Known as RAILS — short for ‘Risk Assessment Information Liability System’ — the system acts as what one police commander called an online personnel file providing commanders with crucial information on officers.”
Mashable: Waze app can tell you how to get to Sesame Street . “t’s been 50 years of sunny days sweeping the clouds away. The beloved children’s show Sesame Street has been on air for half a century. To celebrate this major milestone, a New York City street is permanently becoming Sesame Street and you’ll be able to get to Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and even Oscar the Grouch’s stomping grounds. Instead of asking someone to tell you how to get to Sesame Street, you can plug it into the Waze navigation app.”
Curbed NY: See Greenwich Village’s historic buildings in one handy map. “The map shows the 2,200 buildings located within the district as they looked back in 1969, and has over 1,000 entries with information on those landmarks. The map is divided in 17 sections, including Transformative Women; Artists’ Homes; Social Change Champions; Course of History Changed; Great Writers; and Edward Hopper’s Greenwich Village.”
New York Times: Public Records: Personal Information on New York City Voters Is Now Available for All to See. “The city’s Board of Elections recently posted its voter enrollment lists to its website, a massive upload of thousands of pages, covered in tiny all-caps letters, that offer a district-by-district breakdown of voters sorted by party and street name — one line for each of the 4.6 million active registered voters. City officials said that the information was already public record, and that a new forum did not change its availability. But the move raised alarms among privacy advocates and some election experts, who said the ease of access could play into the hands of mail scammers, internet trolls and domestic violence perpetrators.”
New York Post: New database allows New Yorkers to view lawsuits filed against NYPD. “A newly released database allows New Yorkers to peruse thousands of lawsuits filed against the NYPD — allowing them to track how much taxpayer money has been spent to settle cases against cops in their local precincts since 2015.”
Remezcla: This New Instagram Account Is a Tribute to Old School Latinx New York. “One photograph shows two Dominican women at a Brooklyn grocery store – where several Power Rangers balloons float over their heads – buying a cake for a relative’s graduation. Another highlights a Salvadoran couple – the woman tending to their baby, while the man holds a plate of food and a can – on graffiti-accented train. Or there’s the one where a well-accessorized Cuban woman – whose hair is styled to perfection in a high bun topped with pearls – holds a possibly sleepy baby on a couch. Apart, these images capture different aspects and milestones of these people’s lives. Together, though, they form a portrait of Latino New York. All of these snapshots are featured on Nuevayorkinos, a new Instagram account that aims document the diverse experiences of Latinxs who grew up in New York City.”