Find a Leafier Place to Live With a “Green Heat Map”


In New York, some times you just want a little bit more jungle in your concrete jungle. Rentenna, another addition to the city’s growing stable of artisanal housing market startups, has compiled just where in New York City you might find a little bit of green space sprucing up (ha!) the cement grid. Calling it the Green Heatmap, service charts the proximity of apartment listings to trees, green spaces, and farmers’ markets across the city.

The creators of the Green Heatmap said they created it in response to what they saw as the desire to escape into greener parts of the city as popular living amenity.

“We created our NYC Green Heatmap after noticing that lots of renters were engaging with the Green Score on our Rentenna building pages,” Rentenna co-founder Alicia Schwartz explains. The service visualizes data that is otherwise a little hard to read and synthesize into something meaningful to a potential renter:

And turns it into what follows on the next page…

Unsurprisingly, the greenest part of the city are wrapped around Central Park, and for some reason Zuccotti “Park” counts.

But other details jump out at you, despite being intuitive, like the fact that there are no trees or green spaces at all in Midtown or in the Financial District.

Rentenna plans to roll out maps for Brooklyn and Queens, with Brooklyn’s coming in the next couple weeks. But the one they’ve got for Manhattan tells us that there aren’t many places on the island that you can’t find something leafy to sit under.