Local Economy

Neighborhood economies that support and sustain locally-owned-and-operated businesses that provide residents with quality goods and services, as well as employment and wealth-building opportunities. A thriving and equitable local economy contributes greatly to resident economic readiness and is an essential component of economic security in a community. Areas within Local Economy that residents found to be most important for safety and thriving.

Areas within Local Economy that residents found to be most important for safety and thriving.

The following indicators are meant reflect the conditions underlying community safety and thriving.

Community Business Ownership

Locally owned businesses are pillars for local communities, providing wealth-building opportunities for business owners and employment opportunities for local residents. Community business ownership is a key measure of a local economy that supports economic security.

Local employers

Responsible NYC/Gov Agency: US Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners

Description: Number of employer businesses by census block

Public Data Available? Yes.

Included in ONS Neighborhood Navigator: No.

Data Concern/Recommendation:Data should be integrated in future phases.


Minority-owned businesses

Responsible NYC/Gov Agency: NYC Department of Small Business Services

Description: Estimate of residents who forego medical care and prescriptions due to cost.

Public Data Available? Yes.

Included in ONS Neighborhood Navigator: No.

Data Concern/Recommendation: Surveys should be administered regularly to allow for longitudinal analysis.


NIS Measuring Community Safety in NYC

Look beyond Crime. Explore Community Safety Within 15 NYC Neighborhoods.

The NYC Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) Neighborhood Navigator contextualizes safety by looking beyond crime metrics as the sole indicator of safe communities. Safety is Multidimensional.

ONS Neighborhood Navigator

How residents talk about Local Economy


How do residents feel about Economic Readiness?

[Safe Lab Chart]

SAFElab Social Media Tool


Q: Is this data available?
A: All the data provided in the data explorer can be downloaded from the NYC Open Data Portal. All of the other data included as samples or recommended for data collection can be sourced from the NIS report but is not readily available.

Q: What are some actionable steps as a NYC resident?
A: First, we encourage you to review the NIS Safety and Metrics report. Second, encourage the relevant NYC agencies to improve data collection efforts, quality, frequency, and granularity. Third, hold government accountable around safety by pushing accountability across all agencies – every agency discussed has some role to play in co-producing safe and thriving communities.

Q: Who should I contact if I see errors or concerns in the data explorer?
A: Please email map@cityhall.nyc.gov with the subject “ONS Neighborhood Navigator Issue.” Someone from our team will get back to you 🙂

Q: When will the social media data be made available?
A: The SAFE Lab Social media tool is currently under research and development but will be made available in 2022. To keep up to date, please revisit this site for more information.


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