old-bicycle.jpgJackson Heights, New York, April 30, 2011 - We’re encouraging all neighborhood lovers to participate in our Mapping the Hood biking event on Saturday, May 21, 8 AM to 1 PM. See details.

Mapping the Hood was conceived as a healthful and fun mapping initiative to define and empower New York City’s neighborhoods. To participate, Bikers will activate the My Tracks app on their Android phones, slip the phone in their backpack, circumnavigate their neighborhood (perhaps adding some ID pins of landmarks), them email the My Tracks file to us. (Some other phone and GPS map files are acceptable, see the wiki for details.)

The maps will initially be displayed on NYCwiki.org, our dotNeighborhoods development site. Later, with the activation of the .nyc TLD, they will be used in support of the city’s neighborhoods in sites such as Astoria.nyc, BrooklynHeights.nyc, Chelsea.nyc, Douglaston.nyc, Egbertville, Flatbush.nyc, GreenwichVillage.nyc, HighBridge.nyc…

Bikers are to email their map files to maps@connectingnyc.org and to tweet their accomplishment to @MappingTheHood. You might also invite others and comment on your desired ‘hood on the the Mapping the Hood Facebook page.

For the latest news and details, see our Mapping the Hood wiki page.

Mapping the Hood is part of Transportation Alternatives’ 2011 Bikemonth. See our announcement there as well as other great riding opportunities.

Learn more about our overall effort from our Wiki Pages

Filed April 29th, 2011 under Neighborhoods, games, GIS, Civics, Volunteers
  1. Hi Tom,

    Thought I’d share with you my latest venture with regards to .LA. I currently own www.cityhall.la, www.metro.la, www.k12.la, www.healthcare.la, and www.pbs.la. I’m in the process of reaching out to the City of Los Angeles to make these domains available to them at no cost. I’ve already created a social networking website on http://www.k12.la/ as a prototype via Ning’s social networking service. Social networking technology can be used with these high value domains for social collaboration purposes. As you can see at K12.LA, there is an opportunity to market clothing, accessories, etc. along with advertising revenues that could be used to raise additional revenues for the school districts. I’ll let you know if this concept materializes.

    Ray Marshall

    Comment by Ray Marshall on May 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

  2. Ray,

    Sounds interesting. You might wasnt to look into this story:



    Comment by Thomas Lowenhaupt on May 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

  3. Tom,

    Here’s an update:

    Best Regards,


    Comment by Ray Marshall on May 4, 2011 at 12:36 am

  4. Hi Tom,

    What would really be cool is taking Google’s mapping technology and virtualizing it to create virtual worlds on a social networking platform. If you check out http://www.southland.la/, you’ll see Small Worlds which is available on the Southland.LA social network. Would be nice to have destinations, districts, cities, etc. available to users after they open an account on a Small Worlds type of platform. Users could engage each other in this virtual geo world. Businesses would also be able to engage these users. Imagine what this would be like for .NYC via a social network and virtual geo world.

    Best Regards,


    Comment by Ray Marshall on May 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

  5. Tom,

    Are you involved in the .NYC pre-registration effort via United Domains? The number of pre-registrations is 4,876 at the time of this comment. They are using Connecting.nyc Inc.’s name on their website and they are indicating an estimated Mid-2012 launch date. Here’s the link - https://www.uniteddomains.com/new-top-level-domain/nyc-domain-registration/. Didn’t know this effort was already underway prior to the application submission phase. Looking forward to seeing .NYC!

    Best Regards,


    Comment by Ray Marshall on May 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

  6. Ray,

    I’m not associated with that venture. I might have provided them with an interview but am in no way associated with the operation.


    Comment by Thomas Lowenhaupt on May 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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