About this Map
There were 18,007 residential evictions in New York City in 2018. Let that number sit for a minute. If you have ever sat in court with a loved one fighting an eviction, or heard from an elder who is being displaced from their long-time neighborhood, you know that every single one of those 18,007 eviction had a devastating impact on someone’s life. Despite the sheer enormity of this number, our society tends to individualize responsibility, blaming tenants for falling behind on rent or for being exceptional “bad tenants” who don’t fit into the system. Yet, when you witness the scale of the eviction crisis in NYC, you know something is up. This is not an individual problem, but the very way the housing system is set up to work.
NYC is in the midst of an affordability crisis. Rents have skyrocketed while wages have stagnated. Nearly half of New Yorkers are rent-burdened, meaning that they spend more of a third of their income on rent. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, as of February 2019, there were 63,615 homeless people, including 22,717 homeless children, sleeping every night in the NYC municipal shelter system. Homelessness in NYC has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The City promises to build “affordable housing” by rezoning working class neighborhoods and tapping into the private sector, yet overwhelmingly the housing units produced unaffordable to low-income New Yorkers. Our city today builds housing for a certain segment of the population, while others are barred out of the system.
Meanwhile, much of the New York housing stock is now owned by corporate landlords, many of them predatory real estate companies seeking to make a quick buck by flipping buildings. To corporations, an eviction can be a means to replace a rent-stabilized family with five market-rate roommates, jacking up profits. To families, an eviction can mean losing a home, a community, a job, a school, a safety net.
When we see empty glass condo towers towering over our increasingly unaffordable city, we ask ourselves: Who are we building the city for and how? And what kind of city do we want actually to live in?
The map below may seem like a cold and detached visualization of something absolutely heart-wrenching – the fact that 18,007 New Yorkers were evicted from their homes in 2018. These data does not even tell the whole story: this is only the number of evictions that were physically carried out by Marshals. Often, landlords file bogus eviction cases over and over again as an intimidation tactics to displace tenants and replace them with higher-paying residents. The City has yet to release this data.
We believe in documenting the crisis to shift the narrative on these evictions. We believe in collective organizing and changing policy to shift power from the hands of landlords to tenants and communities. We believe in rethinking how land is owned, used, and shared in the city.
About the Data
The data on this map represents residential evictions executed by City Marshals in 2018, the same data used in the RTC Worst Evictors List. See the About Page for more information on the data.
Landlord names on the map represent HPD Head Officer names sourced from the HPD Registrations and HPD Contacts datasets (for Dec. 2018) on NYC Open Data (via NYCdb). Some Head Officer names are grouped together (and marked as such) to match up with the RTC Worst Evictors List.
Buildings marked with an "Unknown" landlord, for the most part, were not registered with HPD— which means that they either were 1-to-2 unit owner-occupied buildings, or their landlord was breaking the law by failing to register when they should have. Read more about these regulations on the HPD website.
Also, NYC Housing Authority properties were identified using the Block and Lot Guide provided by NYCHA directly.
Standardized addresses, zip codes, and geographic coordinates for each map point were sourced from PLUTO (version 18v1). Our "Rezonings" layer was sourced from the NYC Zoning Map Amendments layer provided by NYC Planning, and our "RTC-Eligible Zip Codes" layer was sourced from the Zip Code Boundaries layer provided by NYC Open Data.
This map is brought to you by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a data visualization, mapping, and storytelling collective documenting gentrification in NYC, SF, and LA.