• JacksonHeights.nyc

last modified September 29, 2012 by tomlowenhaupt

Planning page for the pilot dotNeighborhoods project: JacksonHeights.nyc.


Introducing JacksonHeights.nyc to the public at Jackson Heights Town Hall, July 22, 2012. (Commons photo by Patti)

Good Ideas To Include

The below, or versions of them, should be considered for inclusion in the dotNeighborhood implementations.

Surface Design Goals     

As suggested by Edward Tufte presentation.

  • Lots of data
  • Comparisons
  • Show Causality
  • Credibility 
  • First person verification & avoid cherry picking ("once you have a point or view all history will back you up").
  • Relevancy & order 
Critical Issues
  • Content Policies & Rules 
    • G?
    • Election Discussions - Allowed and by whom?
    • Rate local businesses
  • Business model
  • Access to "official" domain names



















The pilot's goal is to present engaging and actionable information that facilitates the creation of a more livable neighborhood.


The site can best be imagined as presenting four content layers:

  • The People's Wiki - A community memory with local information / resources / history / opinions / etc. will be made available to residents and edited wiki-style . Residents desiring training on wiki editing will be trained at the local library and other venues. For an early demo view of this wiki layer see the JacksonHeights section on the NYCwiki.org.
  • Official information - Information curated by oversight staff on schools, government services, elected and appointed officials.
  • Communication - Central to the capacity to control and improve the neighborhood is an ability to find and connect with everyone and everything in neighborhood. This will be facilitated by training, access guidance and provision.
  • Organizing and Decision Making - The capacity to make decisions and organize to better control the quality of life in our neighborhoods is central. The output from the first 3 layers.
  • more on features... 


  • July 22 - 78th Street Town Hall, 78th Street in Jackson Heights
      • Banner "JacksonHeights.nyc"
      • ABCD ~ Explanatory poster boards
      • Sign up sheet - 18 signed up.
    • August 14 (weather permitting) - In front of Post Office / Starbucks.
    • Ask passers-by to post stories about the neighborhood on NYCwiki.org. 
    • Training needs.
    • Ask all to bring photos to scan and tell history of 'hood "next week."


    • Domain Name
    • Tech

      • Server
        • We have access to this wiki, NYCwiki.org, and a WordPress implementation
      • Software 
        • Decide on features and thier relationship
        • We can use this wiki...
        • We can put up a WordPress page


    • Yammer - Create a few email addresses to test yammer, e.g. bill@connectingnyc.org and perhaps use this to test collaboration features that might be desirable. (Microsoft just bought Yammer.) 

    Related Resources

    • Post announcing the JacksonHeights.nyc pilot project


      Key .nyc Pages