Homicide map of New York City

There is a sophisticated interactive map at the New York Times showing all homicides in New York City from 2003 to the present. There were 3,407 homicides, and evidently there is a dot on the map for each homicide, though it doesn’t seem to me that there are nearly that many. If you point at any dot a box appears with the race and age of the victim and perpetrator, the motive, and the weapon. You can adjust the zoom in and out and move the map sideways by dragging it. You can also jump to any zip code. You can adjust for race/ethnicity of perpetrator or victim and the dots will take on color to reflect that information. You can move a slide and see just the murders for any one year.

So, for example, I was able to determine that on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, bounded by 59th Street, 110th Street, Central Park, and the Hudson River, 26 persons were murdered between 2003 and the present, including five whites (four dots, one double murder), eight Hispanics, and 13 blacks.

Occasionally the victim’s name is given. For example, there is dot for the psychotherapist Kathryn Faughey, murdered by a patient in her office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in February 2008.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 23, 2009 11:20 AM | Send

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