Composting in New York City is a spotty and inconsistent activity. Some areas (lower Manhattan, central Brooklyn) have a number of compost drop-off points, whereas others have considerably fewer. The information regarding comopsting is equally spotty. The Department of Sanitation and its Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) provide information about composting online, but the information is either old or difficult to find.
To me, one of the biggest no-brainers is to provide reliable information on the location of compost drop-off sites throughout the city. BWPRR does have some information, but it's spread between five different websites and is difficult to find. I spent an hour or so looking for this information while working on my CompostCommunityConnect project, but eventually got tired of looking and decided to do it myself. Using BWPRR's data, I created one map of all 43 official drop-off sites. I also split the sites up by borough, which you can find below. This project shows the difference between providing data (which BWPRR did) and providing usable data. Though the information is all online, it's spread between websites and is not in a format that people can do things with besides viewing. Hopefully this visualization helps highlight the areas that do not have compost drop-offs and some intrepid composters decide to set one up in the city's many unserved neighborhoods.