Public Assets

Mapping the Sixth Borough of New York


New York City owns or leases 14,000 properties around the five boroughs—a public asset roughly the size of Brooklyn. Where are these properties? Are they serving the public interest in their current use? This online tool empowers decision makers, planners, and the public to identify opportunities for improving, protecting, and utilizing City-owned and leased property.

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) presents Public Assets: City-Owned and Leased Properties (Public Assets), a report and online mapping tool, to provide comprehensive land use, zoning, and geographic information derived from two City datasets, MapPLUTO and City Owned and Leased Properties 2014 (COLP).

Public Assets is the first step in an ongoing process designed to improve our public assets and contribute to a healthier, more dynamic, and inclusive New York City. Public Assets presents a snapshot of how city-owned and leased properties relate to several key issues: the environment, infrastructure, landmarks, population, and neighborhood rezonings.

Examining these holdings and evaluating opportunities for their protection, enhancement, and development should be a priority of this and any future administration. MAS believes that true equity in the city’s planning and land-use decisions can only be achieved through an informed and engaged public. Public Assets is a measurable step toward achieving that goal.

The maps featured below are from 2016. A more recent map is available on our Public Assets Map page.

Our online tool is designed to provide decision makers, planning practitioners, and the public with the necessary information to identify opportunities for improving, protecting, and utilizing City-owned and leased property.

Interactive features: Properties with All Uses, Properties with No Current Use, and Properties Committed for Sale or Lease.

Search for City-owned and leased properties using our interactive maps. Properties are sorted by agency jurisdiction.

Interactive features: DCAS, DOE, HPD, NYCHA, and Other Agencies.

Interactive features: 2007 FEMA FIRMs, 2050 NPCC Floodplain, Tidal Wetlands, Coastal Zone, and Remediation Programs.

Interactive features: Sewers and Wastewater, Subway Access, and Bus Access.

Interactive features: Landmarks.

Map of population in New York City

Interactive features: Household Income and Population Density

Interactive features: Rezoning.

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