New York City has a reputation for being a concrete jungle, but the truth is, there is plenty of green space to enjoy—if you know where to look. A new project from MIT’s Senseable City Lab helps you determine which city streets are the greenest, for those moments when you feel the urge to get connected with nature (h/t City Lab).
Using information from Google Maps, Treepedia rates various street corners on what they call the Green View index, a determination of how many trees you’ll find on a particular street. According to City Lab, the main objective of the site is to make urban and environmental issues more accessible to the general public.
New York City’s overall Green View index rating is just 13.5 percent, but compared to the other surveyed cities, that’s not exactly terrible (Paris, for example, rates a mere 8.8 percent). Judging from the map, Queens and the Bronx are particularly lush with plant life while areas like Midtown Manhattan, Newtown Creek, Bay Ridge, and Dyker Heights are lacking in greenery.
Check out the website for yourself and see how your neighborhood fares. Green dots indicate tree coverage, brown illustrates a lack of thereof, and black indicates areas that have not been surveyed yet.
- Mapping the Urban Tree Canopy in Major Cities [City Lab]
- Treepedia [Official]