Take me to Midtown!
Thatâ€™s what most New York City taxi riders were saying one Tuesday afternoon, a new data visualization by Zoe Fraade-Blanar shows in vivid colors.
Fraade-Blanar mapped pick-up and drop-off locations by NYC neighborhood, based on taxi-trip data from the cityâ€™s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The graphic represents one hour of rides â€” the 4 p.m. hour, well known to New Yorkers as the most difficult time to catch cabs.
The colorful wheel shows the neighborhoods where riders managed to nab taxis that day in March 2009, and where they went. Look at it closely, and follow the neighborhoodâ€™s color to the cabâ€™s destination neighborhood. White bands along the neighborhood arcs indicate the destinations; so the turquoise line crossing the circle are trips from Midtown to Gramercy.