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By the Numbers

The new Census Bureau stats are in, and New York City is more than two square miles smaller than it was before. The Department of City Planning measured the city's land area as 304.8 square miles in 2008 (about 17 square miles smaller the previous city figure), and the new Census Bureau number is 302.643 square miles. So what disappeared? Parts of Brooklyn and Queens, of course. Geographers are blaming it on the tides and the pitch of the planes taking aerial photos. [City Room]