Not Zola Jesus, the singer, but Zoning and Land Use! This is a very new, useful app on the NYC Department of City Planning’s website. You can check out the zoning everywhere, and then look up what uses are allowed. I could spend all day on this:
As you can see, you can zoom into any of the 5 boroughs and check out zoning and many different kinds of land use within New York City—with everything from Empire Zones to FRESH designations. I will probably get into these cool things in another post.
Here’s a quick closeup of what the Zoning looks like for Brooklyn Heights-DUMBO-Vinegar Hill-Downtown Brooklyn:
The zoning reflects the oldest neighborhoods’ small-scale original development, and I believe that the zoning helps to maintain the original (we’re talking 19th century, here) character/development of said areas. Back in the day when people wouldn’t travel that far! Some other parts of the city are also zoned that small, while other places, like the neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, is a vast block of good old R6, for the most part (you can go check that out yourself).
For now, enjoy and have fun!