DAR: Project Vulnerable Religious Facilities

The Vulnerable Religious Facilities Map displays 394 tax parcels across Manhattan whose building class is defined as a religious facility (church, synagogue, chapel, mosque, convent, mission house etc.), are not protected by historic district designation or individual landmark status, and lie within mid to high density zoning areas (R7-2 or higher). It also identifies parcels that have been sold in the last five years, according to Department of Finance Rolling Sales data. These data were quoted in Crain’s and the New York Times, contributed to the creation of a Religious Facilities Task Force, a group of over forty individuals who come together monthly at the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, and an NYU Wagner capstone project which aims to distill these discussions into a guidebook for diverse religious facilities across the City.

Data sources:
– PLUTO data
– Landmarks Preservation Commission Historic District shape file
– Department Of Finance Rolling Sales Data
– Department of Buildings DOB NOW dataset

Uses: for the Land Use team to help them survey faith-based institutions throughout Manhattan

Impact: Starting point for a guidebook for faith-based institutions, and a Religious Facilities Task Force dedicated to this topic.

Level: 5 – Extensive coding required

Hours Worked: 30 (and ongoing)

Number of Personnel: 8