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Handclap emoji for all the maps we had in 2015

We love maps, and if you're reading this, we bet you do, too. So have at it: Brooklyn's best maps of 2015. ?

A map of the five boroughs by tree type. (Map by Jim Hubley)
Maps are the lifeblood of the internet and also a really useful way of understanding the world we live in.

As a community-oriented technology site, maps are among our most important stories. And luckily, Brooklyn is a global center of people organizing information geographically and beautifully. So take a minute to check out the best maps of 2015.

1. What’s your quality-of-life index? Data viz site PlaceILive has the answer

Visualize the facts of your neighborhood: unemployment, income, liquor stores.

Concentration of families that speak only English.

Concentration of families that speak only English. (Screenshot)

2. Help! Is this Greenpoint or Williamsburg?!

The several blocks north of McCarren Park are trapped in a limbo zone of neighborhood identity. According to Google, at least.

A debate for the ages, surely.

A debate for the ages, surely.

3. Calculate the solar power of your roof with this tremendous map

Mapdwell brings solar capacity knowledge to New York City.

The solar potential of NYC.

The solar potential of NYC. (Screenshot)

4. A bike accident, a surgery, a map of death in New York City

A serious accident gave a Brooklyn software engineer a new perspective on death in the city. That’s why Zach Schwartz made Death Map NYC.

Death Map NYC shows the site of each homicide and motor vehicle death in the last two years.

Death Map NYC shows the site of each homicide and motor vehicle death in the last two years. (Screenshot)

5. Map alert: How toxic is your North Brooklyn ‘hood?

All those lofts? They used to be factories.

Pollution in Brooklyn.

Pollution in Brooklyn. (Screenshot)

Where should new trash and recycling bins should go? Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint has a cool interface for gathering your suggestions.
Drop a bin! Help the 'hood!

Drop a bin! Help the ‘hood! (Courtesy image)

Series: Brooklyn

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