See how NYC's amenities compare to cities like Chicago and Seattle

ChoiceMaps, a new project from Walk Score, track the accessibility and convenience of several types of amenities in urban spots.

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ChoiceMaps for New York City

ChoiceMaps for New York City

Last month, we made the very convincing argument that NYC is the greatest city in the world based, in part, on the fact that there are endless options for culture, restaurants, transportation and more. Now, the website Walk Score—which measures the walkability of 50 cities across the country (New York, unsurprisingly, is No. 1)—is basically backing up our claim with its new ChoiceMaps.


The project compares the number of restaurants, schools, coffeeshops, public-transit options and other amenities in New York neighborhoods, and maps the data out based on number of choices, and accessibility to those options on foot. The maps are color-coded (green means more options, red means less) and also determine how long it would take for residents in a particular neighborhood to walk to different establishments.


In NYC, for example, your average Gothamite can hit nearly 12 restaurants in a five-minute walk, or nearly four grocery stores in the same time period. Compare that with the data for Chicago, where a typical resident can hit nearly five restaurants in a five-minute walk, or just about one grocery store in that time. Excuse us while we pat ourselves on the back, yet again, for our superior walkability.



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