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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York City: Research and History: Books and Databases

Guide for Library Research on NYC and its Neighborhoods


NYC Population Statistics

American Fact Finder
Browse, search, and map data from Census Bureau sources, including the Census, the Economic Census, and the annual American Community Survey (ACS)

Center for Urban Research
The Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, organizes research on the critical issues that face New York.

Census - My Congressional District  
From U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey. Population, housing, employment, economic statistics on each Congressional district.

Federal, State, and Local Government Data
Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, this page offers federal, state, and local government, tax, finance, criminal justice, retirement, education, and economic data.

This compendium of data, facts and figures over a wide range of fields quantifies many aspects of New York City and, in some cases, the metropolitan region.

New York City Government - My Neighborhood Statistics
My Neighborhood Statistics informs New York City residents how City agencies are performing in their neighborhood. Citizens can view locally mapped performance statistics using a street address or intersection. Color-shaded maps also allow for easy comparisons of different neighborhoods.

NYC Open Data
Provides access to public data produced by City agencies and other City organizations.

NYC Vital Statistics
Births, death, communicable diseases, data of interest for public health professionals and others.

NYPD Crime Statistics
Recent Crime Statistics for the NYC Police Department by Precinct

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Academic Search Complete

To search through the EbscoHost Academic Search Complete for articles, simply enter in a keyword into the search box below.

Academic Search Complete


Inside a 1970s NYC Subway Car

Below are a listing of databases that may be helpful to you in finding information about the neighborhood or borough you are interested in.

Academic Search Complete
Access to articles from magazines and peer-reviewed journals, as well as books, conference papers and proceedings, and educational reports from almost all academic areas of study.

United States Census

Crime in New York
An index to the Lloyd Sealy Library’s Trial Transcripts of the County of New York 1883-1927.

Criminal Justice Periodicals Index
Articles and images from national and international publications in criminal justice. Coverage from 1980 to the present.

Enthic News Watch
Provides access to more than 200 newspapers, magazines, and journals from the ethnic, minority and native press.

Gale Virtual Reference Center
Hundreds of specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical directories and other reference books in the subject fields of criminal justice, economics, history, literature, psychology, religion, science, world cultures, and more.

Population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, local economic data, and more for NYC.

Lexis-Nexis New York Times
Federal and state laws and cases, constitutions, municipal codes, law review articles, as well as articles from U.S. and foreign newspapers, magazines, trade publications and journals.

New York City Crime Map
Interactive crime map created by the NYPD showing date and location for the seven major NYS penal law felonies. Data available for current and previous calendar year.

New York Times
All members of the John Jay Community  with a valid John Jay email address, may sign up for complimentary access to The New York Times digital edition through and NYTimes smartphone apps.   To claim your academic pass  and for more details go to:

New York Times Historical File
Full text of articles and page images of The New York Times from 1851 to 2010.hed in NYS.

Uniform Crime Reports
The FBI’s compendium of crime statistics.

Search Gale Virtual Reference Library

To search through Gale Virtual Reference Library for more information on these or any other topic that interests you, simply enter in a keyword into the search box above.


Five Points Book

Below are a sampling of some of the books available in the Library collection dealing with the various boroughs of New York City. When searching for a book about a specific neighborhood, bear in mind that you may not find anything that deals with a specific area and may instead want to broaden your search by looking at the borough the neighborhood is located in instead.

In the books listed below, Stacks refers to the general collection, which are books that can be checked out by patrons. Reference refers to books that can be looked at as much as you like but that cannot be checked out of the library.

Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America
by Jonathan Gill
Stacks F128.68.H3 G55 2011

Five Points: The 19th Century New York City Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum
by Tyler Anbinder
Stacks F128.68.F56 A53 2001

Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn’s Sunset Park
By Tarry Hum
Stacks HN80.N5 H845 2014

Race and Ethnicity in New York City
Edited by Jerome Krase, Ray Hutchison
Stacks HT101.R39 v7

The Neighborhoods of Queens
By Claudia Gryvatz Copquin
Reference F128.68.Q4 C67 2007

Urban Layers

Urban Layers

Urban Layers is an interactive map that explores the structure of Manhattan's urban fabric. The map lets you navigate through historical fragments of the borough that have been preserved and are currently embedded in its densely built environment. The rigid archipelago of building blocks has been mapped as a succession of structural episodes starting from 1765.