Cities at Night

January 10, 2007

Sometimes you just blunder into a new feature. When we were setting up New York and Chicago, we thought it would be useful to have a visualization of all the restaurants in a city, divided by neighborhood. This was just to spot errors in our data.

Funny thing is, it looked really cool. At least to us. Kind of like flying over a city on a dark night, except only the restaurants have their lights on. In New York, for example, we have over 23,000 restaurants and it’s amazing how well the shape of the landscape and population density can be revealed with just restaurants.

So we decided to put it out there for you all to play with. Here’s the “night-time” view of Chicago, New York and Seattle.

What do you think?

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4 Responses to “Cities at Night”


  1. I think it’s a really fun feature. I like the way you can either select a neighborhood from the map or from the list below. That can also help you learn neighborhood names and exactly where they are located.

    Nice job!


  2. […] cool new Urbanspoon feature is cities at night, an interactive visualization of restaurant distribution in a city: Sometimes you just blunder into […]


  3. I’m amazed! I don’t know exactly why I’m amazed but I’m still amazed. I’m also dazed and confused but that has nothing to do with you. ;)


  4. […] UrbanSpoon has scatterplot maps of restaurants in several large cities. It’s amazing how well the shape of the landscape and population density can be revealed with just restaurants. 29th Jan 2007 | […]


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