' Cut-Throatsv.1.0
When Social Vulnerability goes
hand in hand with fear of
This information panel gives you access to various data related to clickable occurrences shown on the webmap.

Two types of occurences are here available: the colored areas representing the different level of Social Vulnerability in NYC (depending on the color opacity level, each reflects the Social Vulnerability Index of the concerned geographic division) and the colored dots (all correspond to the most serious offenses identified by the NYPD throughout the year 2017 — murder, felony assault, rape or any other type of sexual aggression).

To know more about the meaning of the graphical items, please consult the "Legend/Data sources" tab (see above).

In order to display and read the data, please click on the occurrence of your choice.

The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), managed by RPA, was created by using 8 variables that reflect people’s vulnerability to any kind of disaster (an average of 8 variables where 0 is least vulnerable and 1 is most vulnerable). These were categorized into 3 main themes: age; income and civic structure; housing composition.

Please click below to expand-collapse the themes and display the data of the selected area.

NYPD Complaint Data Current YTD includes all valid felony, misdemeanor, and violation crimes reported to the NYPD for all complete quarters of the year 2017. Below are data related to the selected event

The New York City government would be at the brink of definitively rooting out crime, that is to say putting an end to all forms of violence against persons. The statistics speak for themselves, argue the local authorities; the rate of crime is constantly decreasing: 330 intentional homicides in 2017, compared with 334 in the previous year, according to the NYT; a record rate, the lowest since the end of World War II.

If the crime rate has indeed declined, does that mean, arithmetically, the quality of people’s lives is improving? And if so, do the living conditions really progress for all citizens? In the present webmap, I’ve reconciled two datasets: a first one drawing up a list of the major crimes committed in NYC during the year 2017 and a second one listing a whole series of measures dealing with the social vulnerabilities on the territory.

The conclusion is clear: if the quality of life is apparently improving for certain individuals, many others still fall prey to crimes which are rampant in some boroughs, quarters an streets where social distress is most acute. We are all aware of the huge social fragmentation that splits the city in two. But what may be less well known is that misery, poverty and state fragility are often, if not always, linked to insecurity, physical (also psychological) suffering and constant fear.

— Davd Bihanic. June, 2018.

The map legend:

Homicides and severe assaults

  • Murder, non-negligent manslaughter (*101)
  • Negligent homicide (*102-103)
  • Felony assault (*106)
  • Offense against the person (*355)

Current social situation on the territory

  • Social Vulnerability Index (SVI),
    0 to 1 = color opacity from 0% to 100%

  • Median income merge,
    230K$ to 10K$ per year = 0 to 2 px thick

Data sources:

    Regional Plan Association (RPA), Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). Created: December 30, 2014, 15:59. Last updated: March 2, 2015, 02:54. Click here

    New York Police Department (NYPD), NYPD Complaint Data Current YTD (parsed KY_CD:101-355-106;104-116-233). Created: October 29, 2016. Last updated: March 22, 2018. Click here