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Data Services

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy collects a broad array of data on demographics, neighborhood conditions, transportation, housing stock and other aspects of the New York City real estate market. We make our data directly available to the public through our new Data Search Tool, and publish comprehensive analyses of these data in our periodic reports.

The Data Search Tool is a new online application that provides direct access to New York City data collected by the Furman Center. Users can select from a range of variables to create customized maps, download tables, and track trends over time. Users are able to overlay never-before available information on privately-owned, publicly -subsidized housing programs collected through the Furman Center’s Subsidized Housing Information Project (SHIP). Information about how to use the Data Search Tool is available in our online guide.

SHIP (Subsidized Housing Information Project)

The Subsidized Housing Information Project (SHIP) is a critical new resource from the Furman Center and its Institute for Affordable Housing policy that brings together multiple data sources to provide never-before available information on thousands of privately-owned, subsidized rental properties in New York City. The September 2011, “State of New York City’s Subsidized Housing” report is available here.

The SHIP database contains financial and physical information on nearly 235,000 units of privately-owned subsidized affordable rental properties in New York City developed with financing and insurance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HUD project-based rental assistance, New York City or State Mitchell-Lama financing, or the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). The data is accessible through the user-friendly, interactive Data Search Tool. Users can create maps or tables, or view property profiles detailing 40 property-level variables, including geographic, subsidy, ownership, physical, and financial information. The SHIP database can be used to track at-risk subsidized housing units and identify new opportunities for preserving affordability. Subsidy program expiration dates are available free of charge to anyone who creates an account.

This project relies on data and cooperation from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the F.B. Heron Foundation and NYU Law alumnus Herbert Z. Gold (’40). 

Neighborhood Information

Every year the Furman Center collects and analyzes key statistics about New York City, its boroughs and community districts to produce its essential report, The State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods, which includes profiles of key indicators for each borough and community district. Since 2004, the Furman Center has provided that data free to the public through the New York City Housing and Neighborhood Information System (NYCHANIS) online. Now, with the new Data Search Tool, we have improved our offerings with a streamlined user interface, additional variables, and upgraded mapping tools.

Housing Indicators

The Furman Center collects data to monitor the state of New York City’s housing market and releases quarterly updates on six key indicators. The Quarterly Housing Update is unique among New York City housing reports because it incorporates sales data, new building permits, and foreclosures. It also presents a repeat sales index for each borough and housing class to capture price appreciation while controlling for housing quality. This publication provides comparison data from the previous quarter and the same quarter in the previous year. Annual data for the New York City housing market is also available on our Data Search Tool.