How many unique visitors per month appear in each 50x50m grid cell in 2022
How many unique businesses are open in 120-min commute to/from each street block in Midtown in 2022
Uneven commercial potential
Defined by LRS that compares visitation and business numbers in 120-min commute from each street block in Midtown
Where are people going?
Unique monthly visitors (score, July 2022)
Big data reveals localized impacts across Midtown
Where are businesses located?
Unique businesses (score, July 2022)
Midtown is crossing with other areas' commute rings
To shed light on these questions, the Jacobs Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech partnered with Habidatum, an urban analytics firm.
Looking at data on population movements and business locations, we found that Midtown remains the functional center of a fast-expanding region. Zooming in to the block level, we show how this expanding reach is rewriting the competitive landscape for commercial real estate throughout the region's most important central business district, putting buildings in more direct competition with outlying areas and neighboring cities.
But is there a silver lining for New York City in a future of hybrid work? What role will Midtown play when commuters take advantage of newfound freedoms to move further out from the region's core? And how will extreme commuting reshape the map of the Northeast?
More than three years after the arrival of COVID-19, New York City's recovery continues. However, home-based work is still widespread, leaving many office buildings under-utilized. Anxiety about the future of Midtown Manhattan and other commercial centers is growing as the region restructures around new work arrangements.
HOW NEW WAYS OF WORKING AND LIVING ARE RESHAPING THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN REGION.