In New York City, there’s a story to be found on every street.
And now, thanks to MyBlockNYC.com, an ambitious interactive video mapping website, these stories are coming alive, not only at the recently opened ‘Talk to Me: Design and Communication Between People and Objects’ exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) but also on computer screens around the world.
Working on the assumption that these days everyone carries a video camera (be it on their cell phone or digital camera) in their pocket or handbag, the founders of MyBlockNYC.com have created a space where video clips of life on the city streets, subways, buses, shops, and restaurants can be uploaded and aligned geographically, block by block, within the city’s five boroughs.
As co-founder Alex Kalman explains, each new clip adds another thread to the tapestry that is New York City. A continual work in progress, the user-generated video clips are starting to provide an intimate and fascinating portrait of New York City.
So far, more than 900 videos have been posted covering over 700 blocks in the five boroughs of the city.
With MyBlockNYC.com, anyone, not matter where they are, can get ‘up close and personal’ with the streets of New York City.
It’s the next best thing to being there.
Here’s hoping that this is the first of many such interactive video mapping sites around the world.